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Planes in Flight over Admiralty

Planes in Flight over Admiralty

Likely from HMS Hermes

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Tuesday, January 1, 1935


The aircraft are Fairy Seals, 3 crew, spotter/reconnaissance aircraft operated by the Royal Navy between 1933 and 1943.

I think the photo was taken in 1935 as the Hermes after refit at Home returned to Hong Kong on 6 January 1935. The carrier brought out with her No. 824 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaisance) Squadron of 9 Fairey Seal aircraft. The Hermes replaced HMS Eagle at the China Station and also took over the carrier's 9 Osprey aircraft belonging to No. 803 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron.