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Re: Plans for HMS Illustrious in 1940
you can not assume anything at that time ! ships were fitted with what was available as it became available, shipyards , workers houses and factories were being bombed, damaged ships being repaired and ALL parts were in short supply, especially complicated directors, radars etc! as were the trained staff to fit and operate it. the priority was ships at sea , NOT "os designed " fits!!
As per 285 radar, AOTS Victorious states that the HACS on the bridge had 285 from the beginning. Again I assume the same would like apply to the Illustrious...
The Victorious had another (6th) pom-pom director, on the port side, between the HACS and the forward Pom-Pom. It is shown on the pp.52-53 (position #27) of AOTS HMS Victorious.
The Friedman book's Illustrious plan on page 133 shows in that spot what looks like a searchlight. The photographs of the Victorious show a covered device in that position, while other searchlights aren't covered which convinces me it has got to be a director rather than a searchlight. If the Victorius had a director there, while the Illustrious that was built at the same time from the same plans would have a searchlight instead... and since both ships had 6 pom-pom, it makes sense to have 6 directors...
Does anyone know of any good plans of the Illustrious as completed in 1940, other than the ones in Warship Profile No. 10 and in Norman Friedman's "British Carrier Aviation"? I don't remember any articles (with or without plans) about the Illustrious class in "Warship" or "Warship International" over the years, but were there any I've forgotten?
I haven't checked to see what plans the NMM Brass Foundry has.
Based on the Profile plan and the plan in Friedman, did the Illustrious have four HACS for the 4.5in guns and five pom-pom directors, three above the bridge and two abaft the funnel? Are the plans incorrect in showing Type 285 radar on the HACS directors?
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