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Aircraft carrier 2a.

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Aircraft carrier 2a.

This photograph was taken on a different day and it shows a different aircraft carrier.  I am fairly sure that we know more about this one. The planes on the aft part of the flight deck are either Seafires of the Royal Navy (equivalent of the Spitfires) or Fireflies.  I can just make out the roundels on some of the the fuselages, so the carrier was probably British.  More detail is visible on the next two photographs, and checking on the Internet, I believe that Malcolm's three photographs of this carrier entering Lyemun are of HMS Triumph, a Colossus class light fleet carrier, launched on 2 November 1944 and commissioned on 6 May 1946.  She carried 48 aircraft mainly Seafires but also some Fireflies and, significantly, she served in the Far East during the Korean War.  In 1952 she was the first carrier to be used to trial an angled flight deck, actually painted on her deck, and she then became a cadet training ship and later, after a major rebuild, she was used as a heavy repair ship based in Singapore.  In 1975 she was placed in reserve at Chatham Dockyard being finally struck off and eventually scrapped in Spain in 1981.  (Andrew S)

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Wednesday, August 1, 1951