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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2021 8:53 a.m. PST

I ran across this web site while reading a discussion of the merits of the Swordfish versus the Devastator on the web site.

It has a very detailed, with great photographic support, account of the development of the RN's armored carriers and its aircraft carrier doctrine during WW2.


emckinney08 Jan 2021 9:40 a.m. PST

For a needed counterpoint, see David Hamer's "Bombers Versus Battleship: The Struggle Between Ships and Aircraft for the Control of the Surface of the Sea," from Naval Institute Press. Hamer examines the problems of British carrier operations and the mistakes the Royal Navy made in designing aircraft carriers. He also gives credit where it's due, examining the RNs early development of carriers, their vastly superior procedures and facilities for fighter control (adopted wholesale by the USN), and later design developments (again, adopted by the USN).

Armoured Carriers is a very useful site, but it definitely leans one way. Comparing its valedictory of the value of armor to Hamers examination is instructive.

emckinney08 Jan 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

As a thought experiment, what if the Bismark had been defended by a flight of Bf109Ts?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2021 12:24 p.m. PST

Timely posting given the Royal Navy's recently forming up a carrier battle group based on HMS Queen Elizabeth II


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