GV’s of British Fleet at sea. Various shots of Naval ships, destroyers, etc being re-fuelled at sea. Transferring pilots by breeches buoy. Crew aboard aircraft carrier pulling rope connected to breeches. Destroyer alongside aircraft carrier. GV of an aircraft carrier in hull coming right our o fthe water, of the ‘Indefatigable’ class. GV of King George V battleship. Aboard carrier men fencing to keep fit. Others overhaul plane engines, load with ammunition and bombs also torpedoes. Corsair plane on elevator rising to flight deck. Pilots being briefed. Pilots board their planes. Corsairs, engines starts, taxi and take off, several take offs. Avengers ditto. Planes in formation fly overhead. GV King George V. Jap suicide (kamikaze pilot) plane attacks fleet, pom poms, small ack ack open fire on same. Two Kamikazes seen to fall in sea. Crew hold up rubber dinghy captured from Jap prisoner. Planes return at dusk, silhouettes of Avengers landing, caught by arrester gear. Corsairs landing, one hits superstructure catches fire and foam played on same. Pilots walk along flight deck. Corsair wreck thrown overboard. CU sailors, watching for other planes returning. CU one looking thru binoculars, LS planes returning, signaller with lights attached to his arms he signals planes into land, same landing. GV at dusk of fleet at sea.

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  1. Ex B.R. Buckeye Man says:

    Please get the written commentary correct, this is pathetic.

  2. HydroSnips says:

    Incredible footage, really pleased to have seen it. Praise YouTube. I read Norman Hanson’s ‘Carrier Pilot’ recently – he commanded a Corsair squadron on the Illustrious during the Ryukyu Islands campaign, might even be in this footage. Think he mentions the dinghy incident at one point though with one important detail the film misses – the kamikaze in question had flown over the deck out of of control and hit the Illustrious’ bridge with its wing, this caused it to nose down and hit the sea. Apparently amongst the various aircraft debris found on the deck was the pilots head! Well worth a read as it’s a superb book.

  3. Paul Paterson says:

    51 Americans did not like this video.

  4. Their Carriers were far tougher than ours!
    What ship was still using the Quad 1.1" at this time?

  5. fiveways bath says:

    My Dad was on HMS Indomitable, out in the Pacific..
    he died in 2010.
    It's a shame he never got the chance to see these wonderful films on you tube.

  6. Steven Webb says:

    The HMS Indefatigable. My favourite Royal Navy ship of all time. I think I just like the word.

  7. Anthony Evelyn says:

    Royal Navy carriers with armoured decks. US Navy should have done the same.

  8. Fandango Fandango says:

    Great Footage.

  9. RidingWith Soumo says:

    How many think it was Americans not British who won the war for Allies

  10. Simon Yip says:

    The number of ships and crewmembers on the British Pacific Fleet was probably 2 or 3 or maybe more than the number of vessels and crew that the Royal Navy has in total today, even though the BPF was just one of several Fleets like the Home Fleet, Mediterranean Fleet, East Indies Fleet, Atlantic Fleet etc, and the various other Flotillas and Squadrons and Commands.

    Even up to the 1960's the Royal Navy and the RFA, RMAS, RNXS, RNR, RNVR, RM and RMR was much bigger than the whole fleet today.

  11. colliecandle says:

    Sickening 'patriotic' garbage !

  12. doveton sturdee says:

    Has anyone heard the story of the Stagpool & the Atlas? According to Vice Admiral Sir Douglas Fisher, in an article in 'Quarterly Transactions of the Institute of Naval Architects, April, 1953,' Stagpool was a distilling ship sent to the BPF at Leyte to help alleviate a shortage of fresh water. Stagpool was a coal burning ship, and a Panamanian collier, Atlas, was hired to supply her.

    Unfortunately, the collier had numerous feedwater leaks, which resulted in her consuming much of Stagpool's output. As Fisher wrote ' the two ships spent most of their time furiously supplying each other. The incident was not amusing at the time!' Fisher, by the way, was in command of the BPF's Fleet Train at the time.

  13. longshorts3 says:

    I notice American built aircraft on British Carriers, the very best we had to offer, too. Too bad our history books didn't include the actions of the Royal Navy in the Pacific. A lot of my ancestors came from Britain in the 1800's on my Mother's side, so my interests in the Royal Navy are important.

  14. Dutch Wood says:

    My granddad was a Kamikaze pilot , just not a good one. He come back every time saying "Something bit him in the cockpit"

  15. Downunder Rob says:

    Bloody shame the RN didn't have these resources, ships and aircraft earlier in the War.

  16. John Welch says:

    A comprehensive account of the British fleet carriers of WW2, including requirements, design, battle damage reports, operations, and aircraft. (Covers only the armoured carriers…the ships build from the beginning to be carriers, an improvement on "Ark Royal", built to take punishment.)

  17. Alex Williamson says:

    When Kamikazes hit a US Navy carrier, they had to get the wood and hammers out to fix the damaged decks…when it hit a Riyal Navy carrier, all the sailors did was get the brooms out…RN carriers equipped with steel decks.

  18. Ally S Cooper says:

    Good old navy. Getting the job done.

  19. Some people actually know what they're talking about through research and history. Others pure BS and bluff.

  20. Strontium9T says:

    I never knew the Royal Navy flew Avengers.

  21. Phillip Nagle says:

    It was nice of the British fleet to show up after the Japanese navy been defeated.

  22. Caoimhi'n MacGearailt says:

    A very informative video , I was unaware that the RN utilized F4U Corsairs and TBM Avengers at all ,let alone in the Pacific .BZ .

  23. Ken Brickley says:

    "a gift for father neptune"

  24. Roy Bennett says:

    By now the pompoms have been put away and orlikan cannon and Bofors are the order of the day

  25. martin jeffery says:

    If you listen to the yanks you will find we were not there

  26. Urban Tycho says:

    Why did the Kamikaze pilot have a life raft?

  27. greg haynes says:

    My father was on the KGV at this time.

  28. Christian Petersen says:

    Jolly good show mates. Now down to the wardroom for a drop of the Kings rum!

  29. I see 33 relatives of Hirohito gave a thumbs down to this newsreel….

  30. paxwallacejazz says:

    So this is 1945

  31. Idle Onlooker says:

    The guy 2nd from the right at 7.11-15 looks like Lt Cmdr Norman Hanson, DSC, who wrote a superb book on his Corsair flying: "Carrier Pilot". It's worth a read! 👍

  32. Marcus Wardle says:

    As mentioned below the RN, or should that be Fleet Air Arm, took the Corsair because the Americans didn’t want it and we were desperate. The RN found that by using a medium left hand turn they could see the deck for landing. Also to store the plane in the hanger they clipped the wings by 8 inches in order to fit. This had the benefit of making it float at touchdown! They also raised the pilots seat by 7 inches for more visibility plus wiring shut the cowl flaps on the top of the engine compartment. Also they used a bulged canopy. All little things made it easier for the pilot to land.

  33. darren monks says:

    Come set up/share a naval base with one of your carriers in Australia anytime!

  34. Stephen Reynolds says:

    Met flt lt scott of the indifaticable a few years back doing some building work at his sons house.he signed my book too.god bless him RIP

  35. Steve Davey says:

    Notice how all the planes have RNZAF roundels?
    More than 50% of the RN's Pacific fleet pilots were Kiwis

  36. A supreme effort by the RN to gather this fleet and its vital train.

  37. Robin Morch says:

    As usual, the Brits did the work and the Yanks took the credit…

  38. Alan Mole says:

    My Dad was a radar operator in HMS Barfleur, a Battle class Destroyer, attached to the screen of the Indefatigable. They were out there from just after VE Day until mid 1947. He had many stories. I miss him every day.

  39. There were those in the US high command, particularly Adm. Ernest King, in Washington who didn't want any role for the RN in the Pacific.
    But President Roosevelt, and the American senior commanders actually in the Pacific were all for it.
    Over the years I have had to correct many of my countrymen who were shocked to hear that the Royal Navy also faced the kamikazes.
    And the British carriers seemed to weather the kamikaze storm better than ours did.

  40. Hong Kong Phooey says:

    Sam Smith. Are you watching this, you whining maggot.

  41. A long hard war against the Germans, Italians and the relentless sea. Then off to the heat of the Pacific for some more. You can see the influence of our American allies in the look, demeanour and bearing of the crew – these could be USN operations!

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