HMS Furious 1917

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    HMS Furious was one of the pioneering ships of British naval aviation. Originally laid down in 1915 as a large light cruiser mounting two 457mm guns, the largest on any Royal Navy warship, Furious was built as part of Admiral John Fisher's plan to attack Germany's Baltic coast using shallow draught vessels. When this attack became unlikely a new role was sought for the ship.

    Her large size and excellent speed made Furious an obvious choice to operate aircraft. In February 1917 her forward gun was replaced with a flying off deck. In a remarkable event on 2 August 1917 Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning landed his Sopwith Pup on Furious' flying off deck, the first aircraft to land on a ship. A few days later Dunning tried again but was killed when his aircraft went over the side.

    As a result of Dunning's accident a landing on deck was built on the stern in late 1917. This was not entirely successful because of the unpredictable wind currents caused by the superstructure amidships. However, Furious launched the celebrated Tondern raid in July 1918 when seven Camel aircraft attacked Zeppelin sheds destroying two airships.

    Re-built between 1922-1925 with a full flight deck, Furious served with the Atlantic and Home Fleets until 1939. At the beginning of World War II she was employed hunting U-boats in the Atlantic and in April 1940 took part in the operations off Norway. In an unusual departure from her normal roles Furious then carried £18,000,000 of gold bullion to Canada.

    For much of the war Furious was employed by the Home Fleet carrying out air strikes against German shipping in Norway, most notably the major attack on the German battleship Tirpitz on 3 April 1944. She was also used to ferry aircraft reinforcements to Malta including during the famous Operation 'Pedestal' convoy of August 1942 which raised the siege of the island. In November 1942 Furious was part of Force H which covered the landings in North Africa.

    Annie :)

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  2. cally

    cally New Member

    I include this small gallery of pictures to help illustrate Annies fine piece on HMS Furious.

    The first two shows the carrier in her early years toward the end of WW1 - her original cruiser lines can still clearly be seen.

    The next two photographs were taken during the mid 1930`s around 10 years after her complete rebuild into a more complete carrier.

    Finally I include a picture showing the inside of her hangar - probably taken around 1926...

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  3. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Very nice ... especially the hangar !! :D
  4. Julio Pillet

    Julio Pillet New Member

    Hello to All:
    Firstly, excuse me for my English, I don't speak very well. I'm a Spanish modeler that love the HMS Furious in her second version of 1918. Now I'm working in a scrachtbuild model of her in 1/350 scale and your photograph "HMS FURIOUS-18-1916-1948" had worried me.
    Have the wall below the aft deck various openings and have the aft hangar a second door in the bow wall?
    Look this extended photo.
    Thank You for your help.

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