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Re: Plans for HMS Illustrious in 1940
Illustrious commissioned May 1940. No 1940 or early 1941 photos in my collection show any Type 285. This is be expected as the first prototype of the 285 was fitted to the Hunt class destroyer Southdown for trials in September 1940 and production models only began to be delivered in November 1940. 1 x Type 285 had been allocated to Illustrious by 6th March 1941 (almost two months after she was crippled in the Med). Judging by photos this was perhaps fitted towards the end of her repairs in the USA (antenna not fitted on 4th October but clearly visible on 24th November 1941). However the Pink Lists do not record the 285 radar until after she emerges from period she spent at Liverpool to complete repairs on return from the USA so it is possible that the set itself was not actually fitted until she was back in the UK.
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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