HMS Ark Royal in World War Two

Description: The HMS Ark Royal was launched in 1938 and saw action World War Two. She participated in the search to find and sink the Bismarck. She was sunk by the German U-boat U-81 in 1941, in the west Mediterranean Sea, only 25 nautical miles away from Gibraltar. She was the first British purpose built aircraft carrier and saw many of the new developments that characterise todays aircraft carriers.

The pictures below are taken from the life and death of a much loved ship.

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next HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force Hlast HMS Ark Royal listing heavily taking off survivors
HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force H monoplanes on deck

HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force H monoplanes on deck

Photograph of HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force H monoplanes on deck

HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force H monoplanes on deck
HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force H
HMS Ark Royal (1937) with force H showing a busy flight deck
HMS Ark Royal (1937)
HMS Ark Royal (1937) executing a turn with HMS Wren in wake
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier alongside at Capetown 14.12.1939
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier-framed photo
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier
HMS Ark Royal (1937) leaving port-. Possibly Africa or Turkey.
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal: Planes on deck
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal: plane taking off showing steam
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal: Bi planes ready for take off
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal: attempted landing aborted
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal:Crash landing moment of snagging wire
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal:Plane comes to rest showing damage
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal:Mobile crane and wreckage
Aircraft operating from HMS Ark Royal: possibly a Walrus seaplane
HMS Ark Royal (1937) c.1939 from air.
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier. Close up of the carrier listing heavily.
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier, c. 1940-41 showing aircraft flying off.
HMS Ark Royal (1937) in the Mediterranean, c.1941.
HMS Ark Royal (1937) and Argus on the 'Malta run' in the Mediterranean, c.1942.
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier.
HMS Ark Royal sinking with HMS Legion.
Launch of HMS Ark Royal.
The creation of Ark Royal, September 1935 - March1939.
HMS Ark Royal Battle Honours 1937-1941.
HMS Ark Royal at sea.
Copy of Gibraltar Chronicle dated November 15th 1941.
HMS Ark Royal sinking in the Mediterranean.
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier looking brand new painted light grey/white
HMS Ark Royal (1937) Aircraft Carrier with caption "the latest aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal"
HMS Ark Royal in company with HMS Malaya, flying off a Hurricane and just before being torpedoed. 13.11.1941
HMS Ark Royal listing after being torpedoed 13.11.1941
HMS Ark Royal survivors leave on a destroyer
HMS Ark Royal sinking after being torpedoed. Survivors can be seen onboard
HMS Ark Royal survivors being rescued 13.11.1941.
HMS Ark Royal after being torpedoed. A destroyer is going alongside to take off survivors
HMS Ark Royal, Malaya and Argus in company just before Ark Royal was torpedoed.
HMS Ark Royal listing after being torpedoed 13.11.1941
HMS Ark Royal party on flight deck includes Captain
HMS Ark Royal showing lowering of survivors onto destroyers
HMS Ark Royal aerial shot after being torpedoed
HMS Ark Royal listing heavily taking off survivors