Light Fleet Carrier

HMS Glory was built by Harland & Wolff, laid down on 27 August 1942 and launched 27 November 1943. She was commissioned 2 April 1945 as a Colossus class Light Fleet Carrier 1945 - 56.

HMS Glory in 1945

During a few brief months in World War II from April 1945, Barracuda and Corsair IVs of 837 and 1831 squadrons operated from HMS Glory, the Corsairs remaining with the ship until October 1946.

One wartime claim of history for HMS Glory, was the Japanese surrender by Lt. General Imamura at Rabaul, on board the aircraft carrier Glory. The Japanese surrender party signing documents on the deck of HMS Glory (see images in State of Victoria Archives).

HMS Glory flight deck crowded with Barracudas of 837 squadron and Corsairs of 1831 squadron 1945

In 1952, Fairey Firefly FR.IV of 804 Squadron paired with the Sea Fury, provided the "heavy attack" element for the HMS Glory and other Royal Navy carriers that served in the Korean War.

HMS Glory was placed on Reserve 1956-1961. Stricken 1961. Broken up after being sold for scrap at Inverkeithing 23 August 1961.

Battle Honours
None in WWII. Korean Battle Honours 1952

No information on Captains.

HMS Glory Seafire XV coded 141/2, 1945

Squadrons and Aircraft

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
837 April-Oct 1945 Barracuda II
1831 May 1945-Oct 1946 Corsair IV
837 Oct 1945-Oct 1947 Firefly F.1

Associations and Reunions

HMS Glory 1943-56 Association.
Contact: Peter G Warde, 91 Dinglederry, Olney, Buckinghamshire. MK46 5EU.Tel: 01234 711611  (2001) Also see website


Carrier name HMS Glory
Class Colossus
Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Ships in Class Colossus, Vengeance, Venerable, Pioneer, Glory, Ocean, Perseus, Theseus, Triumph, Warrior
Launched Laid down 27 August 1942. Launched 27 November 1943. Commissioned 2 April 1945.
Tonnage Displacement: 13,400 tons standard ; 18,330 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Steam Turbines (4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, Parsons geared turbines), 40,000 shp.
Speed in Knots Speed: 25 knots
Armament Guns: 24 x 2 pdr AA ; 32 x 20 mm 
Crew Complement Compliment: 1300 (including air group)
Range  Range: 12,000 nmiles at 14 knots
Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 630 pp, 650 wl, 695 oa x 80 x 23.5 feet
Beam (ft/inches)  
Draught (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck length (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck width (ft/inches)  
Number of aircraft carried Aircraft: 48
Fate of carrier Stricken 1961. Broken up.
Notes Scaled down version of Illustrious class but with a large aircraft compliment achieved by a lack of armour. Designed for rapid construction in merchant yards to make up for the shortfall in carriers but much more capable than escort carriers. Perseus and Pioneer were completed as maintenance carriers without catapults. After the war various units of the class were sold or reconstructed with angled decks or as helicopter carriers.

HMS GLORY website. Website dedicated to this post war RN aircraft carrier. 
HMS Glory web page-Third tour: 8th November, 1952 to 19th May, 1953 - In Britain's small wars website  Details of the involvement of HMS Glory in the Korean war
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway
Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Jane's London 1941 1st ed. 

Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

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