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  HMS Illustrious  R87  
1940 - 1954 .

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HMS Illustrious

Class

Illustrious Class

Builder

Vickers Armstrong, Barrow.

Laid down

27 April 1937

Launched

5 April 1939

Commissioned

25 May 1940

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15 - 16 December 1941

During the night HMS Illustrious collided with HMS Formidable's stern, but neither ship was seriously damaged.

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July 1943 Generell

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809 NAS Martlet IV (12) -
810 NAS Barracuda II (6) -
878 NAS Martlet IV (12) -
Home Fleet
last update 20. October 2013
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10. March 1942 - 22. April 1942
Madagascar Operation -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Swordfish I & II - Lt-Cdr R. N. Everett, RN
10. Mar. 42 - 22. Apr. 42
 

 

 

810 NAS    
last update 8. January 2020
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28. April 1942 - 30. August 1942
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Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Swordfish I & II - Lt-Cdr R. N. Everett, RN
28. Apr. 42 - 30. Aug. 42
 

 

 

810 NAS    
last update 8. January 2020
6. September 1942 - 20. October 1942
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Capt: CAG: -
795 NAS Fulmar II (6) ? Lt J.L.W.M. Allison, RN
29. Aug.1942 - 11. Sep.1942
796 NAS Swordfish I A - Z Lt N. T. O'Neil, RN
29. Aug. 1942 - 10. Sep.1942
810 NAS Swordfish I & II - Lt-Cdr R. N. Everett, RN
6. Sep. 42 - 20. Oct. 42
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795 NAS 810 NAS
last update 8. January 2020
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8. December 1942 - 4. February 1943
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Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Swordfish I & II - Lt-Cdr R. N. Everett, RN
8. Dec. 42 - 4. Feb. 43
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810 NAS    
last update 8. January 2020
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14. June 1943 -  18. October 1943
North Sea and Force H
810 NAS 8. Jun. 43 - 22. Aug. 43
28. Aug 43 - 18. Oct. 43
Barracuda II (6) Lt-Cdr R. N. Everett, RN
878 NAS Martlet IV (10) -
890 NAS Martlet IV (10) -
894 NAS 24. Jul. 44 - 24. Aug. 43 Seafire IIC (10) -
Operations:
14. June 1943 - 18. July 1943 Home Fleet, post-refit trials.
26 July 1943 -  29 July 1943 Norwegian Sea, Operation Governor
5. August 1943 - 8. August 1943 Air cover for the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary
13. August 1943 - Operation Salerno landings, Operation Avalanche
last update 20. October 2013
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13. August 1943 - 18 October 1943
Mediterranean - Trip Home
894 NAS 20. Sep. 43 - 20 Oct. 43 Seafire IIC (10) -
Port Call at Gibraltar 22. September 1943 - 29. September 1943
last update 20. October 2013
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30. December 1943 - 28. January 1944
Trip to the Far East -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. J. B. Forde, RN
28. Nov. 43 - 28. Jan. 44
847 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr (A) J. L. Cullen, RN
28. Nov. 43 - 27. Jan 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr D. B. M. Fiddes, DSO, RN (til 18. Dec. 18 1943)
Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
9. Dec. 43 - 28. Jan. 44
Port calls at:
 

 

 

847 NAS 1830 NAS
last update 8. January 2020
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HMNB China Bay / Ceylon
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10. February 1944 - 14. February 1945
Training of Ceylon -
Capt: CAG: -
847 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr (A) J. L. Cullen, RN
10. Feb. 44 - 14. Feb. 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
10. Feb. 44 - 14. Feb. 44
 

 

 

847 NAS 1830 NAS  
last update 8. January 2020
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HMNB China Bay / Ceylon
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22. February 1944 - 8. March 1944
Strike in the Bay of Bengal -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. J. B. Forde, RN
22. Feb. 44 - 12. Mar. 44
847 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr (A) J. L. Cullen, RN
22. Feb. 44 - 8. Mar. 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
22. Feb. 44 - 12. Mar. 44
 

 

 

847 NAS 1830 NAS
last update 8. January 2020
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HMNB China Bay / Ceylon
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21. March 1944 - 31. March 1944
Strike in the Bay of Bengal -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. G. McWilliam, RN
21. Mar 44 - 24. May 44
847 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr (A) J. L. Cullen, RN
21. Mar. 44 - 8. Apr. 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
21. Mar. 44 - 31. Mar. 44
 

 

 

847 NAS
last update 8. January 2020
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HMNB China Bay / Ceylon
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13. April 1944 - 27. May 1944
Operation Cockpit -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. G. McWilliam, RN
21. Mar 44 - 24. May 44
847 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr (A) J. L. Cullen, RN
16. Apr. 44 - 3. May 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
13. Apr. 44 - 27. May 44
Operation Cockpit against Sumatra, Operation Transom against Surabaya naval base and oil refinery 
 

 

 

847 NAS
last update 8. January 2020
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RNS Trincomalee
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10. June 1944 -23. June 1944
Airstrike on Sabang -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. G. McWilliam, RN
30. May 44 - 8. Jul. 44
847 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr (A) J. L. Cullen, RN
10. Jun. 44 - 19. Jun. 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
10. Jun. 44 - 23. Jun. 44 & 8. Jul. 44 - 27. Jul. 44
Operation Cockpit against Sumatra, Operation Transom against Surabaya naval base and oil refinery 
 

 

 

810 NAS 847 NAS
last update 8. January 2020
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RNS Trincomalee
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30. July 1944 - 11. August 1944
Trip to South Africa -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. G. McWilliam, RN
27. Jul. 44 - 11. Aug. 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
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last update 1. August 2017
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RNS Durban
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15. August 1944 to 10. October 1944

Refit at Durban, South Africa

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RNS Durban
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13. October 1944 - 1. November 1944
Trip to the UK -
Capt: CAG: -
810 NAS Barracuda II - Lt-Cdr A. G. McWilliam, RN
13. Oct. 44 - 1. Nov. 44
1830 NAS Corsair II (14) - Lt-Cdr (A) A. M. Tritton, DSC, RNVR
13. Oct. 44 - 1. Nov. 44
 

 

 

810 NAS  
last update 1. August 2017
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RNS Trincomalee
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17. December 1944 - 22. December 1944

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854 NAS

Avenger (21)

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1830 NAS 17. Dec. 44 - 22. Dec. 44

Corsair II (16)

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1833 NAS

Corsair  (16)

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"Operation Robson" Airstrike against The Pangkalan Brandan Sumatra reinery complex in NEI

 

 

 

     
last update 1. August 2017
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RNS Trincomalee
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16. January 1945 - 10. February 1945

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854 NAS

Avenger (21)

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1830 NAS 16. Jan. 45 - 10. Feb. 45

Corsair II (16)

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1833 NAS

Corsair  (16)

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Operation Meridian I & II, Airstrike against The Pangkalan Brandan Sumatra reinery complex in NEI

 

 

 

     
last update 1. August 2017
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11. February 1945 - 5. March 1945

Refit at Sidney, Autralia

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6. March 1945 - 14. May 1945

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854 NAS

Avenger (21)

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1830 NAS 6. Mar. 45 - 14. May 45

Corsair II (16)

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1833 NAS

Corsair  (16)

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Port calls at Ulithi on 18 March 1945, San Pedro Bay, Philippines 16. April 1945 - 6. May 1945
Hit by Kamikaze on 6. April 1945

 

 

 

     
last update 11. August 2017
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Freemantle
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24. May 1945 - 27. June 1945

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1830 NAS 24. May 45 - 27. Jun. 45

Corsair II (16)

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1833 NAS

Corsair  (16)

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Trip to the UK

 

 

 

     
last update 11. August 2017
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June 1945 - 1946

Refit at Naval dockyard, Rosyth

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27. August 1949 - 10. September 1949

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1830 NAS 27. Aug. 49 - 10. Sep. 49

Firefly FR.1

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Training

 

 

 

     
last update 11. August 2017
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Decommissioned

1954


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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. November 2011

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