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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 The hero of Trafalgar, HMS Temeraire, is depicted here at sea as she was originally constructed, with her simple scroll figurehead, and the yellow hull that was typical of the period. She has her studding sails set on the mainmast to help make all speed as she punches through the heavy swell of the English Channel. For Trafalgar, Temeraire was repainted with the 'Nelson Chequer' pattern that can be seen on HMS Victory today, this magnificent ship coming to the latter's rescue whilst fighting on with a prize lashed to each of her sides. Post Trafalgar, her crew raised enough money from their prizes to have a new figurehead carved which she carried proudly even to the scrap yard at Rotherhithe in 1838, where she was broken up.

The Good Old Temeraire by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Ships of Commodore Preble's Mediterranean Squadron are shown during the action of 3rd August 1804 when they provided support to the gunboats and mortar boats as they pounded the defensive walls and xebecs that were defending Tripoli. In the left foreground, the bomb boat Robinson rolls as she fires her mortar whilst the brig Argus takes up station behind Constitution, both of which are firing broadsides. The brig Syren is in the far distance, engaging more of the Tripolitan xebec gunboats, having cut inside of Constitution to engage the enemy more closely.

The Bombardment of Tripoli, 1804 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 The painting depicts the French ships Franklin and Peuple Souverain taking heavy fire from HMS Defence (centre) with HMS Minotaur in her wake, whilst Nelson in HMS Vanguard can be seen behind them. Other French ships, Spartiate and Conquerant can also be seen through the gap. On the far side of Franklin and Peuple Souverain, the masts and sails of the British ship Orion can be seen as she rakes the French line from the far side.

Fire in the Night - The Battle of the Nile, 1798 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 By 2.00pm on 21st October 1805, the Battle of Trafalgar was all but won, the combined French and Spanish fleets had suffered terrible losses, but not without great cost to the British. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lay dying in the cockpit of his flagship, <i>Victory</i>, having been struck down by a single musket round fired from the fighting top of the French <i>Redoutable'</i>s mizzen mast as Nelson walked on deck with Captain Hardy.  In this scene, the battered remains of <i>Victory</i> can be seen beneath the figurehead of the Spanish 74 <i>Principe de Asturias</i> which dominates the foreground. Beside her, the hulk of the <i>Redoutable</i> sags in the water as <i>Temeraire</i> breaks free. In the centre, the British 74 <i>Leviathan</i> is engaging the French 80-gun <i>Neptune</i>, whilst the <i>San Augustin</i> can be seen firing at the extreme right of the picture.

Trafalgar by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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Commander Tommy Handley

Commander Tommy Handley joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet in 1940. During his first two years he served in many ships varying from destroyer to battleships, mainly on escort and convoy duties in the South Atlantic, but including two Russian convoys. After promotion to Sub Lieutenant he was in Combined Operations in landing craft and served in MV Durban Castle for Operation Torch, landing US Troops in North Africa. He started flying in 1943 and after training in Canada joined 885 Squadron flying Hellcats in the Woolworth carrier HMS Ruler. In early 1945 he was transferred to 1844 Squadron in HMS Indomitable and took part in Operation Iceberg against Japanese offshore islands. After the war he was a flying instructor with the Royal Air Force before becoming an Air Weapons Officer and joining 800 Squadron as senior Pilot, later commanding officer, flying Seafire 47s in HMS Triumph. She was the first British carrier to be involved in the Korean War and Tommy was the last pilot to fly an o... full profile available on profile page.

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Midday, 21st October 1805, and Admiral Collingwoods flagship, the 100-gun HMS Royal Sovereign, breaks the allied line and delivers a shattering broadside on the Spanish flagship Santa Anna. Making great speed, Collingwoods ship had breached the Franco-Spanish line some distance ahead of the rest of his van and the Royal Sovereign suffered heavily as she quickly drew the attentions of three French and three Spanish ships. To her starboard, the French Indomitable can be seen firing into the British flagship while, astern of the Santa Anna, Belleisle and Fougueux are engaging ahead of Mars, Monarca and Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - The First Engagement by Ivan Berryman.
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HMS Hood makes a turn to port, while in line and astern is HMS Collingwood.  Valetta can be seen in the distance.

HMS Hood at Malta 1896 By Randall Wilson (P)
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 The Leander class cruiser HMS Orion is shown departing Grand Harbour Malta late in 1945.

HMS Orion by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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Two Stringbags (Fairey Swordfish) pass across the bow of HMS Courageous as she staggers from torpedo strikes launched from a German U-Boat in the Irish Sea. On 17th September 1939 HMS Courageous was struck by two torpedoes from the German submarine U-29 about 190 nautical miles south-west of Dursey Head, Ireland.  HMS Courageous sank in less than 16 minutes with the loss of 519 lives, including her commander Captain W T Makeig-Jones.  Her total complement was 1,260 officers and ratings and two squadrons of Fairey Swordfish aircraft (48 planes).  The sinking of the HMS Courageous was the first U-boat offensive against the Royal Navy, and more importantly, Schuhart's victory prompted the Admiralty to withdraw all three remaining carriers from the Western Approaches.

HMS Courageous by Randall Wilson (GS)
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Mitsubishi G4Ms of 27 Kanoya Kokutai begin their devastating attack on Force Z off the north east coast of Malaya on 10th December 1941. Both Repulse and prince of Wales were lost in the attack, while their accompanying destroyers remained to pick up survivors among them HMS Express which can be seen off HMS Repulse starboard quarter.

HMS Repulse with HMS Prince of Wales Under Attack by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 Dominating the centre foreground, the wreck of the largest ship at Trafalgar, the massive four decker Santisima Trinidad (130 guns), comes under further attack from the British Neptune (98 guns)  All her masts have fallen, rendering the Spanish giant an unmanageable hulk.  Elsewhere, the battle rages on with Temeraire and Victory engaged with the French Redoubtable, while to the right of the picture, the shattered, drifting remains of Villeneuves Bucentaure (80 guns) is approached by the Mars (74 guns)  Conqueror (74 guns), off the Santisima Trinidads port quarter, is keeping up a distant fire to assist the Neptune.

The Battle of Trafalgar, 2.30pm. The Taking of the Santisima Trinidad by Ivan Berryman (GM)
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  February 1942 and Viz. Admiral Ciliaxs mighty Scharnhorst leads her sister Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen up the English Channel during Operation Cerberus, their daring breakout from the port of Brest on the French Atlantic coast to the relative safety of Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbuttel. All three ships survived what became known as the Channel Dash, not without damage, but the operation proved a huge propaganda success for Germany and a crushing embarrassment for the British. A number of torpedo boats are in attendance, including Kondor and Falke and the Z class destroyer Friedrich Ihn in the distance.

The Channel Dash by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 With her pennant number GO4 painted out to accommodate a western approaches camouflage the destroyer HMS Onslaught punches her way through a heavy swell during escort duties in the north Atlantic

HMS Onslaught by Ivan Berryman.
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Featured Ship

HMS Canopus

Launched : 13th October 1897
HMS Canopus. Built at Portsmouth Dockyard and laid down on the 4th January 1897, launched 21st June 1898 and completed December 1899, at a cost of 783,721. Only one of the class to serve in the Mediterranean fleet instead of the China station until returning to the Channel fleet in 1906 and in that year went into refit, to receive dire control. Further refitting was done while with the reserve at Portsmouth with reduced crew in 1908 - 09, on returning to the fleet she served as the parent ship for the 4th Division at the Nore and with the home fleet from May 1912 and again refitted at Chatham dockyard In 1913. HMS Canopus was stationed at Pembroke and at the outbreak of the great war joined the 8th battle squadron of the Channel fleet, under Admiral Stoddart on the Cape Verde Station and acted as guardship at St Vincent, and then to Abrolhos Rocks a coaling Station in the South Atlantic. Soon after she was sent to the Falkland Islands When HMS Canopus arrived at Port Stanley in bad condition and needing repairs. Admiral Cradock was concerned with the poor sailing speed of the Canopus. The Canpus was separated from the main fleet and was ordered to sail with two colliers to sail to the Island of St. Felix where they were to await the fleet. But the fleet never arrived as they were decimated by the German squadron. The Canopus returned to Porrt Stanley where she became berthed in the mud at the entrance of the port, under captain Heathcoat Grant. With the German squadron expected to attack, HMS Canopus guarded the entrance with her 12-inch guns, as well as the outer entrance was mined and also there were three batteries of twelve pounders. HMS Canopus was the only ship at Port Stanley when Von Spee's ships appeared. Canopus opened fire with the first shot in the battle of the Falkland Islands. Due to this fire and also seeing the tripod masts of the battlecruisers Invincible and Inflexible, Von Spee withdrew his ships. If he has attacked Port Stanley he certainly would have inflicted major damage. After the destruction of Von Spees squadron, HMS Canopus returned to Abrolhos Rocks. From February 1915 she was sent to the Mediterranean to support the Dardanelles expedition. While there she had a narrow escape from a torpedo from a German submarine, the same night her sister ship HMS Ocean was sunk. HMS Canopus was also damaged by Turkish gunfire on 28th April and 2nd May 1915, and was involved in grounding off Gaba Tepe. In October 1915 she transported troops to Salonika. She returned to Chatham docks on Tuesday 2nd May 1916. On returning back to Britain she became the guard ship on the East Coast until 1918 when she was sent to Devonport, where she became a accommodation ship until being sold to the breakers in 1920.

Displacement: 12,950 tons. Length: 410 ft. Beam: 74 ft. Draught: 26.5 ft. Complement: 750. Armament: four 12 ins guns, twelve 6 ins guns, ten 3 ins guns, six 3 pounder guns and two maxims with four torpedo tubes.

The crew of HMS Canapus on commissioned was Officers: Executive Officers 27, Civil Branch officers 16 and Warrant Officers 6. All Ratings (Seaman Class) 356. Signalmen 11 Engine Room Staff 142 Artisans 28 Sick Berth Staff 3 Accounting Staff 5 Naval Police, Cooks, Bandsman 41 Royal Marines Royal Marine Artillery 50 Royal marines (Royal marine Light Infantry)

Scrapped 18th February 1920.

On this day in naval history....

20 April

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20thApril1890HMS Iron DukeArrived Plymouth from Arosa Bay
20thApril1890HMS Icarus Arrived Las Palmas
20thApril1891HMS BarhamSailed Portsmouth for Gunnery and Torpedo trials
20thApril1919HMS AmethystArrived Plymouth from the Mediterranean
20thApril1919HMS ForwardArrived Plymouth from the Mediterranean.Sailed for Sheerness
20thApril1919HMS ForwardArrived Plymouth and sailed same day for Sheerness
20thApril1919HMS EuryalusTransferred to the Nore Reserve
20thApril1919HMS EuryalusReduced to Third Fleet complement at Chatham
20thApril1920HMS AssistanceCapt. T.J.S. Lyne in Command
20thApril1929HMS CardiffArrived Cagliari
20thApril1929HMS CeresArrived Cagliari
20thApril1929HMS CaledonArrived Cagliari
20thApril1929HMS CalliopeArrived Cagliari
20thApril1929HMS EffinghamArrived Socotra
20thApril1931HMS BruceCapt. R.L. Burnett in Command
20thApril1931HMS BruceSailed Hong Kong for Wei Hai Wei
20thApril1932HMS BeeAt Shanghai
20thApril1932HMS BryonyArrived Malta
20thApril1932HMS BruceArrived Amoy
20thApril1932HMS LondonSailed Aranci Bay for Malta
20thApril1932HMS CumberlandRefitting at Hong Kong
20thApril1932HMS KentArrived Hong Kong
20thApril1933HMS DuncanArrived Portsmouth
20thApril1933HMS BeeArrived Chinkiang
20thApril1933HMS DurbanSailed Balboa
20thApril1933HMS DurbanSailed Balboa
20thApril1933HMS EmeraldArrived Seychelles
20thApril1933HMS EnterpriseArrived Basra
20thApril1933HMS GloriousSailed Ajaccio
20thApril1933HMS GloriousArrived Bastia
20thApril1933HMS FitzroySailed Sheerness for survey
20thApril1933HMS FlindersArrived Portishead
20thApril1933HMS DaffodilSailed Simonstown
20thApril1933HMS KentSailed Pagoda Anchorage for Wusung
20thApril1933HMS BrilliantSailed Ajaccio
20thApril1934HMS EnterpriseSailed Seychelles
20thApril1934HMS EnterpriseSailed Seychelles for Dar-es-Salaam
20thApril1934HMS BeaufortArrived Oban
20thApril1934HMS KeppelSailed Hong Kong for Woosung
20thApril1934HMS LaburnumSailed Auckland for Hauraki Group
20thApril1934HMS HalcyonArrived Portsmourh
20thApril1934HMS DevonshireAssumed Flagship of Rear-Admiral J.K. im Thurn
20thApril1935HMS CuracoaSailed Torbay
20thApril1935HMS CuracoaArrived St. Peter Port, Guernsey
20thApril1935HMS BridgewaterArrived Knysna
20thApril1936HMS DauntlessSailed Aden
20thApril1936HMS DauntlessSailed Aden
20thApril1938HMS BeeSailed Shanghai for Nanking
20thApril1938HMS AdventureArrived Labuan
20thApril1938HMS CapetownArrived Hong Kong
20thApril1938HMS DaintySailed Hong Kong for Amoy
20thApril1938HMS DecoySailed Hong Kong for Tsingtao
20thApril1938HMS FortuneCdr. C.T.M. Pizey in Command
20thApril1938HMS LondonderrySailed Beira
20thApril1939HMS EagleSailed Bali for Singapore
20thApril1939HMS AnthonyArrived Portsmouth
20thApril1939HMS AnthonySailed Portland for Portsmouth
20thApril1939HMS DaringSailed Bali for Singapore
20thApril1939HMS H44Arrived Sheerness
20thApril1939HMS DorsetshireArrived Shanghai
20thApril1940HMS JackalDeployed with HMS Javelin as escort for St. Magnus, St Sunniva and Cedarbank during passage from Aberdeen to Andalsnes, Norway (Operation SICKLE).
20thApril1940HMS JavelinDeployed with HMS Jackal as escort for St. Magnus, St Sunniva and Cedarbank during passage from Aberdeen to Andalsnes, Norway (Operation SICKLE).
20thApril1940HMS EgretCdr. Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, RAN Assumed Command
20thApril1940HMS EgretCdr. Dering Parker Evans, RN Relinquished Command
20thApril1942HMS DouglasLt.Cdr. Robert Basil Stewart Tennant in Command
20thApril1947HMS BalsamScrapped
20thApril1961HMS AlaricLt. Cdr John Norman Davenport in Command
20thApril1978HMS Ark RoyalSailed Roosevelt Roads
20thApril2003HMS Iron DukeKey West
20thApril2005HMS LancasterPlymouth Sound
20thApril2007HMS Ark RoyalClyde

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