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 1940-1942) was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

Британский авианосец «Илластриес» (HMS Illustrious) в сухом доке «Капитан Кук» (Captain Cook) в Сиднее

Британский авианосец «Илластриес» (HMS Illustrious) в сухом доке «Капитан Кук» (Captain Cook) в Сиднее

HMS Illustrious - This Day in WWII History: Mar 28, 1941: Cunningham leads fateful British strike at Italians

HMS Illustrious - This Day in WWII History: Mar 28, 1941: Cunningham leads fateful British strike at Italians

The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (87) at sea in the Indian Ocean between 27 March and 18 May 1944, while operating with the U.S. Navy carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3).

The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (87) at sea in the Indian Ocean between 27 March and 18 May 1944, while operating with the U.S. Navy carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3).

Twenty one Swordfish were launched from the new aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious for the raid on Taranto. Fifty per cent losses were expected.

Twenty one Swordfish were launched from the new aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious for the raid on Taranto. Fifty per cent losses were expected.

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