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Illustrious HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period 1940-1942) was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

Illustrious HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) underway at Norfolk, Virgina (USA) on 30 May 1944, shortly after delivery to the Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. She is wearing camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.  Date 30th May 1944.

Navy aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga underway at Norfolk, Virgina (USA) on 30 May shortly after delivery to the Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. She is wearing camouflage Measure Design Date May

USS PRINCETON   (CV-23) Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier   in 1943

Carriers-USS Princeton sunk when bombed by Japanese aircraft, Leyte Gulf, 24 Oct

USS Wolverine (IX-64) was a freshwater aircraft carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. She had been converted from a paddlewheeler coal-burning steamer to be used for advanced training for naval aviators in carrier take-offs and landings.

USS Wolverine was a freshwater aircraft carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. She had been converted from a paddlewheeler coal-burning steamer to be used for advanced training for naval aviators in carrier take-offs and landings.

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USS Wasp (CV was sunk by the IJN submarine in the South Pacific near Guadalcanal Sep 1942

The most-heavily damaged fleet carrier to survive the war, the USS Franklin approaches New York, April 24, 1945

[Photo] Franklin approaching New York City, New York, United States, 26 Apr 1945; note damage on her flight deck

WWII Naval warfare - The most-heavily damaged fleet carrier to survive the war, the USS Franklin approaches New York, April 1945

USS Saratoga CV-3 - Lexington class Aircraft Carrier

On January aircraft from USS Saratoga (CV made a simulated surprise attack on the Panama Canal during fleet exercises, demonstrating that aircraft carriers could extend the reach of the fleet beyond attacking other fleets.

CV-4 USS RANGER, OF THE 8 CAARIERS BUILT BY THE US BEFORE WWII, RANGER WAS ONE OF THREE TO SURVIVE THE WAS -LEX7NGTON AND SARATOGA BEING THE OTHERS

USS RANGER (CV first US Navy ship designed as an aircraft carrier before the keel was laid.

USS Siboney (CVE 112)

USS Siboney (CVE 112)

16 in South Dakota class battleship USS Alabama in Atlantic waters during the period of her attachment to the British Home Fleet, March 1943.  Later in the war she served in the Pacific theatre also, being decommissioned in 1947.  She is preserved in Mobile Bay.

Aerial view of the battleship USS Alabama the Atlantic Ocean, 4 Mar 1943

USS Ranger was the first US carrier to be designed from the keel up as a carrier instead of being converted from another ship. Built in 1934, she was one of only 3 American carriers to survive the war unscathed. Deemed too slow, small and weak for action in the Pacific, she was sent to the Atlantic where she saw much action and took part in many battles. By the end of the war she was seen as obsolete and not worth upgrading and was immediately scrapped.

USS Ranger was the first US carrier to be designed from the keel up as a…

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