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Fighter Catapult Armed Auxillary Ship
Photograph of example of catapult launched aircraft - Kingfisher
Sea hurricane catapult launch
Cam Ship with Hurricane Fighter on the Catapult .. Atlantic Convoy 1942
was one of a new type of Fighter Catapult Ship developed to counter
the threat from land based aircraft. Originally constructed for merchant service in 1926, she
was taken up into RN service in 1940 and converted into an anti-aircraft ship with a
formidable armament including 8-4 inch (100 mm) guns in four twin HA turrets and two sets of quadruple 2 pounder pom-poms. In March 1941 she was fitted with a cordite powered catapult amidships mounted with a Fulmar two seater naval fighter.
Springbank took part in escorting Convoy HG 73 17 September - 1 October 1941. In the course of her duties with HG 73 her Fulmar aircraft was launched on 18 September and the enemy aircraft was attacked but escaped; when the aircraft arrived at Gibraltar it was discovered that faulty ammunition had caused all but one of the guns to jam. HMS Springbank was torpedoed at 0208 on 27 September by U-201. HMS Jasmine went alongside to take off survivors and after unsuccessfully attempting to sink her with depth charges did so by shelling.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Associations and Reunions
Ship name Springbank Class Pegasus Type Catapult and Maintenance Trials Ship 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 about Springbank Convoy HG 73 17 September - 1 October 1941 Information about Springbank and about the activities against the U-boats threatening the convoy 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
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway