Illustrious underway, date unknownHMS Illustrious under Stuka dive bomber attack in the Mediterranean Sea near Malta, 10 Jan 1941Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious underway, 1942.  A Swordfish torpedo plane is on the flight deck and an admiralty disruptive camouflage scheme also extends across the flight deck.HMS Valiant firing in exercise, 1942; HMS Illustrious with Fulmar and Martlet aircraft in foreground
Illustrious underway, date unknownHMS Illustrious under Stuka dive bomber attack in the Mediterranean Sea near Malta, 10 Jan 1941Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious underway, 1942. A Swordfish torpedo plane is on the flight deck and an admiralty disruptive camouflage scheme also extends across the flight deck.HMS Valiant firing in exercise, 1942; HMS Illustrious with Fulmar and Martlet aircraft in foreground
Recognition drawing of Illustrious-class carriersCorsair Mk II fighter of British No. 1830 Naval Air Squadron landing aboard HMS Illustrious, Dec 1943Corsair Mk II fighter of British No. 1833 Naval Air Squadron landing aboard HMS Illustrious, Dec 1943Avenger aircraft aboard HMS Illustrious just prior to Operation Transom, May 1944
Recognition drawing of Illustrious-class carriersCorsair Mk II fighter of British No. 1830 Naval Air Squadron landing aboard HMS Illustrious, Dec 1943Corsair Mk II fighter of British No. 1833 Naval Air Squadron landing aboard HMS Illustrious, Dec 1943Avenger aircraft aboard HMS Illustrious just prior to Operation Transom, May 1944
Officers and sailors of USS Saratoga man the rails for HMS Illustrious passing close aboard as the British Eastern Fleet bids farewell to the American carrier, Indian Ocean northwest of Australia, 18 May 1944.Corsair fighter taking off from HMS Illustrious, off Japan, 1945
Officers and sailors of USS Saratoga man the rails for HMS Illustrious passing close aboard as the British Eastern Fleet bids farewell to the American carrier, Indian Ocean northwest of Australia, 18 May 1944.Corsair fighter taking off from HMS Illustrious, off Japan, 1945
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