: In addition to the multiple bomb hits she also
: had a Ju87 Stuka crash on her aft
: flight-deck, close to the aft lift..
: Much of the devastation to her was caused by
: a bomb hit on a Fulmar aircraft while it was
: going down on the aft lift. Also it should
: be remembered that the lifts were not
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: A believe that the replies posted do not
: true comparison of the Illustrious class
: carriers and US Navy carriers.
: For example, it was said that two of the
: class were forced out of the Mediterranean,
: true, however no amplification was given to
: the damage sustained by HMS Illustrious and
: yet she survived. No US Navy carrier of WW2
: could have taken this level of damage and
: Illustrious was hit by:
: 1 x 1000kg/2200lb bomb
: 4 x 500kg/1100lb bombs
: 2 x 250kg/550lb bombs
: 1 x 60kg/132lb bomb
: plus 5 very near misses.
: Even after this pummeling she managed to
: steam to Parlatorio Wharf, Frenchman Creek,
: Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, where she
: spent about 12 days undergoing emergency
: repairs. One of the 500kg bombs hit her
: while in harbour. Then still under her own
: power she steamed to Alexandria and finally
: after even more repairs she sailed to
: Norfolk, Virginia.
: In the Pacific HMS Formidable was hit by a
: kamikaze on 4or5 May 45 and again on 9 May
: 45, yet stayed in the operational area,
: albeit with very few aircraft, but still
: able to operate aircraft. In the first case
: she was operating aircraft again within 6
: hours and after the second it was not much
: different. It was 9 to 12 months before any
: US Navy carrier operated aircraft again.
: The Illustrious/Implacable class were by no
: means the best carriers ever built; they
: carried far too few aircraft and their AA
: fit was always greatly inferior to US Navy
: carriers, but their ability to continue
: operation even after suffering great hits
: surpassed carriers of any other nation.
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: I've read that Britsh aircraft carriers had
: armored flight decks, which prevented them
: from being overly wrecked by bombs and
: Kamikazes. I have never heard of any
: Bristish carriers in the Pacfic or anywhere
: else testing this said armored deck. Was
: there any British carriers fighting the
: Japanese as much as we we're in the Pacific?