Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet)

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Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet)
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Active1941-1944
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
Part ofEastern Fleet

Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet) was a naval command of the Royal Navy established in February 1941 to provide collective oversight over all fleet carriers allocated to the Eastern Fleet and including all naval air stations. It was under the command of the Rear-Admiral, Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet),[1] until November 1944.

In Command

Rear-Admiral, Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet)

Rear-Admiral, Aircraft Carriers (Eastern Fleet)
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Denis William Boyd 18 February 1941 – December 1942 [2]
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Clement Moody 1 December 1943 – November 1944[3]

This officer supervised the Fleet's aircraft carriers.[4]

Components

Fleet Carriers

# Ship From To
1 HMS Eagle March 1941 May 1941
2 HMS Indomitable January 1942 July 1942
2 HMS Formidable March 1942 August 1942
3 HMS Hermes March 1942 9 April 1942
4 HMS Illustrious May 1942 January 1943
5 HMS Illustrious January 1944 November 1944
6 USS Saratoga April 1944 May 1944
7 HMS Indomitable July 1944 November 1944
8 HMS Victorious July 1944 November 1944

Escort Carriers

# Ship From To
1 HMS Battler November 1943 November 1944
2 HMS Begum April 1944 November 1944
3 HMS Shah April 1944 November 1944
4 HMS Atheling May 1944 November 1944
5 HMS Activity June 1944 November 1944

Maintenance Carriers

# Ship From To
1 HMS Unicorn January 1944 November 1944

References

  1. Brown, J. D. (2009). "4: Indian Ocean". Carrier Operations in World War II. Barnsley: Pen and Sword. ISBN 978-1-78346-930-7.
  2. The Navy List. London, England: H. M. Stationery Office. December 1942. p. 1339.
  3. "Moody, Admiral Sir Clement, (31 May 1891–6 July 1960)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO 2020. Oxford: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u240932. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939–1945: 3.3 Indian and Pacific Oceans". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.