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AndrewB

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Ok.......Mystery Aircraft Carrier....Name the Carrier ;-)
« on: May 15, 2011, 10:49:29 AM »


My Grandfather landing his Sea Hurricane on a unknown carrier 





Give it your best shot guys ;)

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Yarpie

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Re: Ok.......Mystery Aircraft Carrier....Name the Carrier ;-)
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011, 06:34:04 PM »

HMS PRETORIA CASTLE, a trials Escort Carrier after being converted from an armed cruiser and before that, conversion from Union Castle Liner??

There's not much to go on (but it was the same for the pilot ;)) and the flight deck doesn't look that wide to me to constitute a Fleet Carrier. Arrestor wire distance prop looks a little Heath Robinson as well. There appears to be either some fom of flight deck lighting on deck, but they may also be aircraft tethering points or countersunk ringbolts. %)

In her time, PRETORIA CASTLE carried out launch and recovery trials with almost every type of cab in the Fleet Air Arm and "Winkle" Brown was famously captured on canvas flying off a Seafire from her deck.

So I'll start the ball rolling with this submission. Probably well off the mark, but as I say, very little pictorial evidence to go on.

Wish you well in your quest.

Yarpie.
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Re: Ok.......Mystery Aircraft Carrier....Name the Carrier ;-)
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2011, 06:07:30 PM »

Only just made it on the last wire  :-))
And an ex Chief Stoker who calls aeroplanes  Cabs
Methinks you might have been a flight stoker when I
was looking after flight comms on one of the two real
carriers R05 & RO9

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Re: Ok.......Mystery Aircraft Carrier....Name the Carrier ;-)
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011, 07:18:40 PM »

Yep Ned, three carriers, first HMS HERMES first commission 1959-62, holdback jockey then Lox Plant (white overalls!) because I had survived by not being blown over the side. %)

HMS BULWARK, rotary wing 1966-68 and finally HMS ARK ROYAL (fixed wing) 1973-75 (DB Party and Tanky).

Yarpie. (Goofer extraordinaire). :D
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