INDEX OF NAVAL
Catapult Armed Auxillary Ship
As an interim measure until more escort carriers could be made, selected British or Dominion merchant ships were fitted with an obsolescent Hawker Hurricane fighter to protect the ship convoys against air attack or reconnaisance overflights. The pilot was the only Fleet Air Arm or RAF crew member on board, and had little to do unless the plane was needed. If an emergency arose, the aircraft would be catapulted off to do combate, then the pilot had to ditch and be fished out of the water. Though the aircraft could only be used once, they even had their landing gear deleted to save weight, they could save a convoy from air attack.
Photograph of example of catapult launched aircraft - Kingfisher
Sea hurricane catapult launch
Cam Ship with Hurricane Fighter on the Catapult .. Atlantic Convoy 1942
No information Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Associations and Reunions
Ship name Patia Class Pegasus Type Fighter Catapult ship with FAA aircraft Ships in Class Ariguani, Maplin, Patia, Pegasus, Springbank Launched Tonnage Engines Speed in Knots Armament Crew Complement Range Length (ft/inches) Beam (ft/inches) Draught (ft/inches) Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour Number of aircraft carried Fate of carrier Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION british-forces.com. Further information. 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). Janes London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639