HMS Glory file photo [16968]


CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassColossus-class Light Carrier
Hull NumberR62
BuilderHarland and Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Laid Down27 Aug 1942
Launched27 Nov 1943
Commissioned2 Apr 1945
Displacement13,400 tons standard
Length695 feet
Beam80 feet
Draft23 feet
MachineryFour Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared Steam turbines, two shafts
Power Output40,000 shaft horsepower
Speed25 knots
Range12,000nm at 14 knots
Armament6x4x40mm QF 2-pounder guns, 32x20mm Oerlikon cannon


ww2dbaseCommissioned into service in Apr 1945, carrier HMS Glory departed for Australia shortly after with No. 837 Naval Air Squadron (flying Barracuda aircraft) and No. 1831 Naval Air Squadron (flying Corsair aircraft) on board to join British Pacific Fleet 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron. Although she did not arrive in time to see combat, she had the honor of hosting the Rabaul, New Britain surrender ceremony on 6 Sep 1945. After assisting the return of the British administration in Hong Kong, she embarked British servicemen to return them to Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She was placed in reserve in 1947. In Nov 1949, she was brought out of reserve as tension grew in Korea, and was recommissioned in Dec 1950. Her first tour of duty in the Korean War was between Apr and Sep 1951, the second between Jan and May 1952, and the third between Nov 1952 and May 1953. She was decommissioned for the second final time in 1956 and placed in reserve. In 1961, she was sold to a firm in Inverkeithing, Scotland, United Kingdom for scrap.

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27 Aug 1942 The keel of carrier Glory was laid down by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
27 Nov 1943 Carrier Glory was launched at Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, sponsored by Lady Cynthia Brookes, wife of Prime Minister Basil Brookes of Northern Ireland.
2 Apr 1945 HMS Glory was commissioned into service.


HMS Glory at Sydney, Australia, 1945HMS Glory at Rabaul, New Britain, Sep 1945Corsair fighter in an elevator aboard HMS Glory, off Rabaul, New Britain, 6 Sep 1945, photo 1 of 2Corsair fighter in an elevator aboard HMS Glory, off Rabaul, New Britain, 6 Sep 1945, photo 2 of 2
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1. Lawrence John Rand says:
21 May 2014 09:53:03 AM

I joined HMS Glory in Sydney Australia in nov 45.
2. Paul Randall says:
14 Oct 2017 09:41:10 AM

I’m for any information regarding my farther Keith Francis Randall who was on the H M S Glory 1945/6/7?
3. Chris Allen says:
15 Apr 2018 06:49:02 AM

In June 1946 HMS Glory was in Adelaide where the ship was opened to the general public. My father William Allen was on board after the Japanese surrender and returned home on board in 1947. My father "Bill" who is 92 soon still remembers the kind Australian's who filmed a newsreel on board at the time.
I've tried to find this on the internet but failed.
4. martin dallosso says:
18 Sep 2018 02:30:35 AM

My father flew from Glory in Korea.
Also from Implacable and Illustrious.
Aircraft flown include Corsairs,Seafurys, and Fireflies.
He is all there and going well
5. Samuel Evans says:
7 Mar 2019 12:58:41 PM

Served on the Glory during the tail end of WWII. Served on deck working with plane weaponry. Served on a couple other flat tops during my 5 years of service. Glad to still be here at 93 years of age. Any other old timers out there?
6. Tony Baldwin says:
12 Mar 2019 02:06:29 PM

My dad served on HMS Glory during the Korean War. His name was Terry Baldwin who was from Birmingham. I have seen a reference asking of any knowledge of him. Unfortunately that site appears to be no longer operational. Unfortunately after an illustrious life, he lost the battle with cancer in December 2003.
7. Warren Bennie says:
24 Mar 2019 01:49:53 AM

Recently discovered photos suggest that my father, Harold Bennie, a RNZAF/RAF WW2 Coastal Command bomber pilot and flying officer was repatriated to New Zealand aboard HMS Glory. He may have disembarked in Sydney as this seems to be the closest Glory got to NZ. He rarely spoke of his war service, but of his return to NZ he said he for the rest of his life detested custard as it was so frequently served up at meals on his ship back. I would hugely appreciate anyone who knows anything about this voyage (dates, route, onboard/voyage annecdotes, info, etc.) contacting me or indicating sources of info. I am writing up as much about his WW2 service as I can find for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
8. Tracey mitchell says:
5 Jun 2019 11:05:25 PM

My dad served on HMS glory, his name was Albert Richard Cleator, he was a PTI, and loved his naval life. But as so many hardly talked of it he lost his battle with leukaemia in 1992, aged 68. The disease was Inn relation to somewhere he visited during his navy years. Wonderful man.
9. W.Sholl says:
6 Dec 2019 04:30:56 PM

My father, Chief Petty Officer Ernest William Sholl, served on the Glory. I would appreciate any information as he died before we spoke about his service.
10. Dereck Parsons says:
7 Aug 2020 09:19:39 AM

my late grandfather Dennis hallmark served on glory and was onboard during the surrender being signed and her visit to Sydney carrying repatriated pow's
11. Mr Bliss says:
21 Nov 2020 06:45:40 AM

Hello. My Grandfather, Terence Bliss server on HMS Glory. He used to tell me stories as a young boy but I’ve forgotten them all now. How do we find out about the sailors on this ship? Does anyone know anything about my Grandfathers years on the boat? Thanks.
12. Anonymous says:
24 Oct 2021 09:02:30 AM

Hello my Dad Cliff Lofthouse served as a marine on the Glory 1952 to 1953. If anyone has information of him please contact me. Thank you
13. Anonymous says:
28 Feb 2022 02:46:19 PM

Anyone know of my Dad Albert Elswood ,
14. John Falloon says:
30 Jun 2022 07:16:19 PM

Does anyone know if a
John H. Mitchell
Rank unknown

Who served on HMS Glory C. 1951 ?
15. Anonymous says:
20 Nov 2022 07:08:05 AM

My brother Robert Stobbart served on the Glory. He was in Australia an Korea presumably on board the Glory and later served on the Britania.

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