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World War II, a time in history of great upheaval the world over. Found here in are some of the machines used in that time by the men and women who fought the battles, delivered the supplies, and transported the wounded. Look around and enjoy the historical information, the specifications, pictures and videos of the machines of war that were used in World War II.

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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:
Great Britain's 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:
Great Britain's 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:
Great Britain's 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:
Great Britain's 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:
Great Britain's 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:
Great Britain's HMS Furious fleet aircraft carrier in the mid 1930s with Blackburn Baffin torpedo planes flying overhead
National Archives 85717

30 August 2014, Great Britain's Courageous Class Fleet Aircraft Carriers

Now let's move on to the aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy!

As part of the Washington Treaty restrictions two battlecruisers were converted into the Courageous class fleet aircraft carriers.

HMS Courageous fleet aircraft carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Courageous fleet aircraft carrier
Imperial War Museum Q 65692

30 August 2014, United States' Commencement Bay Class Escort Aircraft Carrier

The Commencement Bay class of escort aircraft carriers were based on the Sangamon class. However only a few of them saw action.

CVE-107 USS Gilbert Islands escort aircraft carrier on July 18, 1945:
United States' CVE-107 USS Gilbert Islands escort aircraft carrier on July 18, 1945
US Navy Photo

29 August 2014, United States' Casablanca Class Escort Aircraft Carrier

The Casablanca Class of escort aircraft carriers were successful as they were quickly built and had good speed. Most of them were used in the Pacific.

CVE-60 USS Guadalcanal escort aircraft carrier with the captured U-505 of the African coast on June 4, 1944:
United States' -60 USS Guadalcanal escort aircraft carrier with the captured U-505 of the African coast on June 4, 1944
US Navy Photo

29 August 2014, United States' Sangamon Class Escort Aircraft Carrier

In the urgency to get as many carriers to the front lines, four fleet oilers were converted into the Sangamon class escort aircraft carriers. They were able to participate in many of the major battles in the Pacific.

CVE-29 USS Santee escort aircraft carrier at Norfolk Navy Yard, December 31, 1942:
United States' CVE-29 USS Santee escort aircraft carrier at Norfolk Navy Yard, December 31, 1942
US Navy Photo

24 August 2014, United States' Bogue Class Escort Aircraft Carrier

The Bogue class of escort aircraft carriers were very successful in the Atlantic hunter killer groups going after German U-Boats.

CVE-25 USS Croatan escort aircraft carrier in San Francisco, May 10, 1943:
United States' CVE-25 USS Croatan escort aircraft carrier in San Francisco, May 10, 1943
US Navy Photo

24 August 2014, United States' CVE-30 USS Charger Escort Aircraft Carrier

The USS Charger was a conversion from a merchant ship into an escort aircraft carrier and was primarily used for training.

CVE-30 USS Charger escort aircraft carrier:
United States' CVE-30 USS Charger escort aircraft carrier
US Navy Photo

22 August 2014, Japanese Destroyer Captain, Capt. Tameichi Hara, 1967, book review

This is probably the first book that I've read from the Japanese perspective of the naval war in the Pacific. Capt. Hara came from a poor family but was able to qualify into getting into the Naval Academy. Hara describes the abuse dished out by the upper classmen and teachers. It would remain etched in his mind and he would treat his crews with much more respect.

Hara becomes a captain of a destroyer before the war and is flabbergasted at the move to get into a war with the United States, but yet he still knows he must do his duty. Japanese Destroyer Captain takes us through many of the battles he fought in with some excellent details. He also talks about the flawed strategy of the navy and army.

I highly recommend this book for any fan of the Pacific War!

11 August 2014, United States' CVE-1 USS Long Island Escort Aircraft Carrier

The first of many, the USS Long Island was a converted cargo ship. It carried only 16 aircraft but that was enough to escort conveys across the Atlantic.

CVE-1 USS Long Island escort aircraft carrier, June 10, 1944:
United States' CVE-1 USS Long Island escort aircraft carrier, June 10, 1944
US Navy Photo, National Archives #80-G-236393

10 August 2014, United States' Saipan Class Light Aircraft Carriers

The Saipan class was designed on order by Admiral King who wanted ships that would replace losses. Only two were built but did not see action in World War II.

CVL-48 USS Saipan light aircraft carrier, November 2, 1946:
United States' CVL-48 USS Saipan light aircraft carrier, November 2, 1946
USN Photo

10 August 2014, United States' CV-1 USS Langley Aircraft Carrier

As the US Navy was interested in experimenting with developing carrier use the USS Langley was converted from a collier as Congress wouldn't provide funding for a new ship. It was learned that carriers did have their uses with the fleet.

CV-1 USS Langley aircraft carrier near San Diego, California with the USS Somers in 1928:
United States' CV-1 USS Langley aircraft carrier near San Diego, California with the USS Somers in 1928
US Navy Photo, National Archives NH-81279

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