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sea trials and commissioning.
trials of MOSQUITO aircraft.
Acceptance trials in continuation.
This had been delayed and as a
result ship could not
take part in planned
Fleet operations against German battle
ship TIRPITZ. See CONVOY! by
aircraft and worked-up with Home Fleet at
completion of work-up deployed with Home
Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
Carried out series of air attacks on the
German battleship TIRPITZ in Altenfjord
Aircraft Carriers FORMIDABLE and FURIOUS
HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK
Cruisers KENT, DEVONSHIRE, JAMAICA and
BELLONA with Home Fleet destroyer
These were Unsuccessful because
allowed smoke screen to be
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett and CONVOY
Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
Carried out Rehearsal for planned
Norwegian coast operations against
Attacked airfield and installations at Gossen
and carried out air minelay between Lepsoy
with HM Aircraft Carriers TRUMPETER and
NABOB covered by HMS KENT and HMS
screened by HM Destroyers MYNGS, VIGILANT,
SCOURGE and Canadian
destroyer ALGONQUIN (Operation
Carried out series of unsuccessful air
attacks on TIRPITZ with HMS FORMIDABLE,
and HMS NABOB
covered by HMS DUKE OF YORK, HMS
screened by 14
Home Fleet destroyers. HMS NABOB torpedoed
and badly damaged.
This operation was co-incident with
Russian Convoy JW59 and the return convoy
RA59 which were
covered by other Home Fleet major
Carried two further attacks on TIRPITZ
with HMS FORMIDABLE and HMS FURIOUS.
the last one, 2 hits obtained but caused
no significant damage.
Carried out final
attacks of this operation on TIRPITZ.
hits were obtained.
During Operation GOODWOOD 247
sorties were flown by
the carriers and 11 of their aircraft
were lost. The
lack of success resulted in the use of RAF
aircraft. See above references).
Home Fleet deployment in
Nominated for service
in British Pacific Fleet.
for service in Pacific.
passage to Indian Ocean.
Arrived at Colombo and joined HM
Aircraft Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS, INDOMITABLE
VICTORIOUS in 1st
Aircraft Carrier Squadron, British
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Task Force 63 with HMS INDOMITABLE and
VICTORIOUS for Eastern Fleet attacks
(Operation LENTIL - See OPERATION PACIFIC
by E Gray).
Carried cut air attacks on oil
refineries at Pangkalan
Brandon, Sumatra covered by
CEYLON, ARGONAUT and BLACK PRINCE screened
by HM Destroyers
WHELP, GRENVILLE, URANIA, UNDAUNTED,
Joined Task Force 63 for air strikes
with HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, HMS INDOMITABLE and
on Sumatra during passage to Australia for
BPF service, covered by HMS
BLACK PRINCE and EURYALUS screened by HM
Destroyers GRENVILLE, UNDINE,
KEMFENFELT, WAKEFUL, WAGER, WHIRLWIND
After 24 hour delay due to weather
conditions attacked Pladjoe
loss of 7 RN aircraft but 25 lost during
in the carriers.
Made further air attacks on oil
refineries at Soengi-Gerong,
attacks on Fleet units were all
this operation 30 Japanese aircraft were
destroyed in combat and 38 on the
ground. 16 RN aircraft
were lost but
some aircrew were rescued (Operation
Passage to Fremantle and Sydney.
Nominated as part of Task Force 112 and
prepared for operations in Pacific under
US Command as
of US 5th
Sailed from Sydney
to begin operations with US Navy.
Task Force 57 with ships of British
details of operations by BPF see TASK
FORCE 57 by P Smith. THE FORGOTTEN FLEET
CARRIER VICTORY by JM Ludley,
OPERATION PACIFIC and The
Naval Staff History).
to join 5th Fleet.
After replenishment joined US Task Force
58 ships for joint attacks on islands of
Group in support of
preparation for US landings on Okinawa.
This series of attacks continued in
Deployment in continuation.
Damaged by KAMIKAZE aircraft and
sustained 30 casualties including 14
operational action after only an hour.
Diverted for air attacks on airfields in
Formosa (Operation ICEBERG OOLONG).
Air Patrol launched to intercept enemy
aircraft several of which were shot
Returned to Leyte
with ships of Task Force 57.
On completion of repair at Leyte
sailed with TF57 to resume joint air
with TF58 on
Accidental firing of wing cannon by
AVENGER aircraft caused 1 death and 2
Deployed with HMS FORMIDABLE, HMS
INDOMITABLE and HMS VICTORIOUS in joint
Passage to Australia for refit and
as part of Task Force 37 in US 3rd Fleet
with ships of BPF when the US Navy
Sailing from Sydney with BPF ships
delayed by compressor defect when ships of
the BPF sailed as
Task Group 37 to
rejoin US Task Forces off Japan.
to Japanese waters with HM Destroyers
BARFLEUR, WRANGLER and WAKEFUL.
Joined HM Battleship KING GEORGE V, HMS
VICTORIOUS and HMS IMPLACABLE to take part
in joint RN/USN
operations against Japanese mainland
and coastal shipping.
Attacked harbours and shipping in Inland
Sea and air base at Yokoshima
Escort Aircraft Carrier KAIYO was damaged
10 miles NW of Oita, Beppu
off Japan with US Task Forces in
Deployed with HM Aircraft Carriers
VICTORIOUS, FORMIDABLE and IMPLACABLE and
HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK for air attacks
on airfields and ships in North Honshu
Transferred to Task Force 38 when ships
of BPF had to return to Manus because of
lack of fuel from
Task Group 38.5 with HMS KING GEORGE V,
HM Destroyers BARFLEUR, NAPIER (RAN),
NIZAM (RAN), WAKEFUL, WRANGLER
TEAZER, TERMAGANT and
TENACIOUS and resumed operations with
Attacked chemical plant at Onagawa.
Attacked airfields at Hisaruki
spasmodic Japanese air attacks after
cessation of hostilities.
During these final attacks of the
war in the Pacific
a British pilot who
had baled out
Arrived in Tokyo
Bay with US 3rd Fleet as TG38.5 for
surrender of Japan.
Returned to Sydney.