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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


HMS Illustrious 1943

Harbour boom rigged.

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OldBat   [Sep 22, 2011 at 08:13 PM]
This must have been after it came back from America where it went for repairs after the bombing of Jan '41
Prefect   [Sep 23, 2011 at 02:50 AM]
Yes, she was operational again by March 1942, and served with the Eastern Fleet. After another refit in early 43 she returned to the Med in September for Salerno.
OldBat   [Sep 26, 2011 at 08:21 PM]
Thanks prefect! Amazing that they got it back to sea in just over a year after all that damage!
Prefect   [Sep 27, 2011 at 02:13 AM]
It was even quicker. The refit in Norfolk Va. was done by October 41 but unfortunately she then had a collision with Formidable whilst returning to UK. Full story here.

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