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"The 🇦🇺 HMAS Albatross (1928)" - (Part 4 = From being the Royal Navy's replacement for two sunk aircraft carriers, to supporting the Madagascan campaign) •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photo caption - Two Supermarine Seagull III seaplanes of No. 101 Fleet Co-operation Flight RAAF being hoisted out of the water and aboard the seaplane carrier HMAS Albatross (not in view) by means of the ship's cranes. The amphibious aircraft have just returned from a flying mission. One crewman from each seaplane is standing on the top wing of the aircraft, after having attached the cable of the crane to the seaplane. The aircraft on the foreground is No. A9-3. Photograph is from the collection database of the Australian War Memorial. -------------------------------------------- There was originally little need for a seaplane carrier in the Royal Navy, as several aircraft carriers were operational, and most warships from cruiser size up carried their own seaplanes. However, the loss of the aircraft carriers Courageous and Glorious early in the Second World War created scope for the ship's use. Albatross was assigned to Freetown in western Africa, where she and her aircraft were used for convoy escort, anti-submarine warfare, and air-sea rescue in the Atlantic. -------------------------------------------- In May 1942, Albatross was transferred to the Indian Ocean to bolster trade protection there with the Eastern Fleet based at Kilindini, and in September provided air support for landings at Mayotte, during the Madagascan campaign. After this, trade protection duties were resumed and continued until July 1943 (apart from refits at Durban and Bombay). Albatross then returned to Britain, where, in September, she was paid off. #The🇦🇺HMASAlbatross1928

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