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A mixture of @royalairforceuk , @royal_marines_commando and @royalnavy aircraft on the flight deck of HMS Illustrious in the summer of 2014.
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January 26, 1941 – 60 German dive bombers make a massed attack on the dockyard at Malta in an attempt to destroy the damaged British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, but she receives only one bomb hit. Incessant German and Italian bombing raids will target Malta through March, opposed by only a handful of British fighters.

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My children with my old ship HMS Illustrious in Greenwich November 2006 #hmsillustrious #mychildren #greenwich

My old home .. HMS Illustrious in Sydney 1986. Was lining the deck in this picture celebrating the Royal Australian Navy 75th Anniversary. #oldships #royalnavy #hmsillustrious #aircraftcarrier #fleetairarm #sydney #australia

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Armoured Carriers: The British Way - HMS Illustrious' Fate [Part.6-2]
I suggest you check my previous post before reading this for a better understanding.
The Illustrious-class had a single hangar with a very advanced survivability system. The hangar was compartmented in three zones (yellow) separated by four fire curtains (red). The two elevators were situated at the two extremities of the hangar and could be sealed with armored doors (green) and fire curtains. Each hangar areas had its own independent sprinkler system. At the time of the attack, thirteen aircraft were stored in the hangar: four Fairey Fulmar in C hangar, two Fairey Swordfish in B hangar and seven Swordfish in A hangar. Three of the four fire curtains were down, the only one open was the forward elevator's one. The 4th and 5th bomb hit shredded the fire curtain separating the aft elevator to C hangar and started a fire. Two Fulmars close to the elevator pit were destroyed in the blast. The 6th bomb, a 1'000kg (2'200lb) armor-piercing bomb, did considerable damage. It detonated inside C hangar and destroyed the fire curtain between C and B hangar, and disabled the sprinkler system in C hangar. The bomb also set fires in the lower decks and jammed the ammunition conveyors supplying the aft 114mm guns. Transiting shells exploded and splinters from the bomb went down through the engine spaces and into some oil fuel tanks.
Fire spread and destroyed the two other Fulmars. Sprinklers were working well in B hangar and successfully contained the fire. The blazing inferno in C hangar thankfully didn't spread forward and remained at the limit of B hangar. The latter was holding four torpedoes and two Swordfishes with depth charges while A hangar had two Swordfishes armed with torpedoes and seven with depth charges. Sprinklers in A hangar were also turned on and, thanks to the brilliant effort of damage control crews, no ordnance cook off, probably saving the ship. Fires (that started at 1242) in the hangar weren't out until 0300 the following day. A and B hangars remained fire-free but were engulfed by smoke and subject to considerable heat.
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Armoured Carriers: The British Way - HMS Illustrious' Fate [Part.6-1]
Since HMS Illustrious endured the most severe punishment ever inflicted to an aircraft carrier, and since damage were so extensive, I'll have to split the whole damage account into multiple parts. Here I'll focus on direct bomb hits.
On January 10, 1941, HMS Illustrious was escorting two convoys bound to reinforce and resupply Malta. At 1220, she was attacked by Italian SM.79s but managed to avoid their torpedoes. Five minutes later, a large air attack was spotted by Lusty's radar and combat air patrols were sent to intercept while more fighters took off. By 1236, while the last fighter was leaving the deck, anti-aircraft guns opened fire. Between 35 and 45 Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers attacked Illustrious in a well coordinated attack. The first bomb, a 500kg (1'100lb) SAP (Semi-Armour Piercing), went through the P-1 (port) Pom-Pom platform and set some stored ammunitions afire. The bomb then bounced on the top of the side armor and split in half with half of the bomb detonating on the armor plates and the other half splashing and exploding into the sea. The second hit was again a 500kg SAP bomb which penetrated the flight deck on the edge of the plating in an unarmored area, on the port side. The bomb went through the recreation space and excited through the bow just before detonating. Splinter damage was intense and caused both little fires and flooding.
The third bomb fell on the S-2 Pom-Pom station forward of the island. Despite striking an unarmored area, the 250kg (550lb) GP (General Purpose) bomb detonated on contact, whipping out the gunners and putting both gun stations (S-1 and S-2) out of actions. The next two hits are practically impossible to dissociate from each other. A 250kg GP and a 500kg SAP both landed in the aft elevator pit in quick succession. The elevator was being lowered in order to bring a Fairey Fulmar in the hangar and the first bomb struck the port top corner of the elevator. The blast shredded a fire curtain inside the hangar and shrapnel ripped through aircraft, equipment and crew.
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Armoured Carriers: The British Way - Doctrine [Part.1]
Aircraft carrier designers of the time were facing a single question that only strategists could answer: Strike or Survive? The answer, unique to every nations, would direct carrier doctrine before and throughout the war. In the early 1930s, Great Britain's most likely enemy was Japan. A war in the Pacific was thus the scenario for which the Royal Navy prepared itself. The idea was similar to that followed by the United States and Japan, the only other major naval powers operating aircraft carriers. A fight in the Pacific required endurance and large air-groups, a design reflected by HMS Ark Royal. But in the mid-1930s, Germany and Italy proved to be much more of a threat and the Royal Navy found itself in a unique situation, having to operate in the North Sea, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
This led the British to adopt a very different approach. The threat of land-based bombers was paramount and operating in narrow waters dominated by enemy aircraft was extremely challenging. War games conducted by the RN, USN and IJN all brought the same conclusions: aircraft carriers were incredibly vulnerable and the first to strike would win. No matter how strong the defences were, an attacker would always get through and a single bomb was enough to render a carrier inoperable. Aircraft carriers would thus be subject to damage.
At the time, naval aviation was inferior to land-based aircraft by nature, but the situation was even worse for the Fleet Air Arm. Being part of the Royal Air Force, the FAA was given very little attention and its material was far from modern. The Royal Navy had such low expectations as to the effectiveness of its carrier-based fighters that a radical choice was taken: aircraft would be stored below in a protected space while the ship's heavy anti-aircraft armament would take up the defence along with the escort. This was a relevant choice in a world without radar for early warning or direction of air-patrol interceptions. The ship's survival was thus assured by maximising her own passive and active resistance to damage.

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