7 September 2014, Germany's Graf Zeppelin Aircraft Carrier
Now let's take a look at Germany's feeble attempt at an Aircraft Carrier. It never really had support nor did the Germans have a lot of experience with developing a carrier. Eventually the Graf Zeppelin was abandoned and scuttled at the end of the war.
Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier after launching in December 1938:
US Navy photo
7 September 2014, Great Britain's Ruler Class Escort Aircraft Carriers
And more Escort Aircraft Carriers built by the United States for the Royal Navy, the Ruler class. With all the escort carriers that Allies had it is no wonder that the U-Boats didn't have a chance.
HMS Ameer Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock:
Imperial War Museum A 21338
6 September 2014, Great Britain's Attacker Class Escort Aircraft Carriers
The Attacker class was also produced by the United States.
HMS Fencer Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Imperial War Museum FL 13104
6 September 2014, Great Britain's Archer Class Escort Aircraft Carriers and Avenger Class Escort Aircraft Carriers
The United States produced the Archer and Avenger class ships from merchant hulls.
HMS Avenger Escort Aircraft Carrier with Sea Hurricanes:
Imperial War Museum FL 1268
5 September 2014, Great Britain's Majestic Class Light Aircraft Carriers
The Majestic class was very similar to the Colossus class but none saw combat in World War II.
HMS Hercules light aircraft carrier:
Imperial War Museum FL 13890
5 September 2014, Great Britain's Colossus Class Light Aircraft Carriers
The Colossus class light aircraft carriers were built late in the war and only a few were made it to combat.
HMS Colossus light aircraft carrier at Greenock:
Imperial War Museum A 27438
1 September 2014, Great Britain's Illustrious Class, HMS Indomitable, and Implacable Class Fleet Aircraft Carriers
I've lumped the Illustrious class and Implacable class together as they were very similar in many ways. The mainstay of the British carrier fleet, these highly armored carriers were very well liked despite not carrying a lot of aircraft.
HMS Indomitable fleet aircraft carrier astern HMS Victorious during Operation Pedestal in August 1942:
Imperial War Museum A-11295
1 September 2014, Great Britain's HMS Ark Royal Fleet Aircraft Carrier
The HMS Ark Royal was the first carrier to join the Royal Fleet after the HMS Glorious. During that time aircraft carrier theory had improved and the design of the Ark Royal reflected that. The flight and hanger decks were armored to allow for a stiffer ship and added greater protection. It was also finally realized that defense against aircraft could be important and more anti-aircraft guns were added.
HMS Ark Royal fleet aircraft carrier in 1938 or 1939:
National Archives 19-SB-2J-1
31 August 2014, Great Britain's HMS Hermes Fleet Aircraft Carrier
The HMS Hermes was the first British carrier to be designed as a carrier from the start.
HMS Hermes fleet aircraft carrier at Pearl Harbor in 1924:
US Navy photo
31 August 2014, Great Britain's HMS Eagle Fleet Aircraft Carrier
The HMS Eagle was a conversion from a Chilean battleship. Not completed in time to see action in World War I the HMS Eagle was used in the first years of World War II until she was sunk by a U-boat in 1942.
HMS Eagle fleet aircraft carrier in the 1930s:
US Navy photo
31 August 2014, Great Britain's HMS Argus Aircraft Carrier
The HMS Argus was converted from an Italian liner during World War I. Though pressed into training and target duties the Argus was pressed into front line action several times as there was a shortage of carriers.
HMS Argus aircraft carrier in late 1920s:
National Archives H 63028
31 August 2014, Great Britain's HMS Furious Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Another battlecruiser conversion the HMS Furious served through most of World War II until she was put into reserve in September 1944.
HMS Furious fleet aircraft carrier in the mid 1930s with Blackburn Baffin torpedo planes flying overhead:
National Archives 85717