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HM King George VI Visits Striker


 

† May 11th 1944: The King comes aboard STRIKER at Scapa Flow, and meets the ship's and squadron officersr.

Above: May 11th 1944: The King meets some of the ship's officers in the hangar.

Below: May 11th 1944:The King speaks to some of 898 squadron officers on the flight deck .

 

  May 11th 1944:The ship's company line the flight deck as the King departs Scapa on board the fleet carrier HMS  Victorious. The Wildcat aircraft seen on deck belong to 898 squadron, temporarily embarked earlier the same day.

 

  May 11th 1944:The ship's company line the flight deck as the King departs Scapa on board the fleet carrier HMS  Victorious.

 


One year operational


 

 


Allocation to the British pacific Fleet - STRIKER sails for Australia via Ceylon


 

HMS STRIKER gets a lick of paint before sailing for Ceylon.

 

STRIKER & FENCER sailed for Australia, via Gibraltar and Ceylon, carrying a deck cargo of Mosquito fighter bombers belonging to 618 squadron RAF.

 

Passage through the Suez Canal.

 

Personnel of ‘A’ Flt 618 squadron RAF on board Striker at Trincomalee, Ceylon, November 1944

  

Captain Carne confers with a senior R.A.F. officer on board Striker, in Trincomalee harbour,  November 1944

 

Above & Below: RAF and RN personnel participate in the crossing the line ceremony - note the Mosquito aircraft that occupied over half the flight deck in the background.

 
 

 

Alongside at Williamstown, Victoria, FENCER (Left) &STRIKER (Right) wait to to unload the  men and aircraft of 618 squadron RAF before proceeding on to Sydney were they were assigned to 30 ACS, as part of the Fleet Train of the British Pacific Fleet.

 

 


Operations with the 30th Aircraft Carrier Squadron and the British Pacific Fleet


 

Above and 2 below: February 21st 1945 Sub-Lt. H. Griffin in Corsair JT419 ('T8G') of 1836 Squadron from RNAS Nowra, N.S.W. during a period of deck landing training on STRIKER in Jervis Bay has bounced over all the arrestor wires and overturned. The pilot was OK. Note this aircraft still bears Eastern Fleet markings having only recently arrived in Australia.

 

 

 

Letting off steam- a game of 'touch rugby' in-between operations.

 


 

Unless stated otherwise all photos are from the album of C.P.O. Sick Berth Attendant Richard Webb, reproduced with the kind permission of his widow Mrs. Margaret Webb

Photos marked are from the album of JX276479 Ordinary Signalman Robert William Lee,  reproduced with the kind permission of his son Brian Lee.

 

Page last edited: 02 December 2018

 

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