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Great Britain's Audacity escort aircraft carrier

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HMS Audacity:
HMS Audacity
©IWM, FL 1203
HMS Audacity:
HMS Audacity
©IWM, FL 1204

Design

The HMS Audacity was converted from the Norddeutscher Line's ship the Hannover.1 It had been captured in the West Indies in March 1940.1

The funnel was removed and routed horizontally to discharge smoke.1 No hanger was installed so all aircraft were placed on the flight deck.1 All of the superstructure and masts were removed.1

Ships

HMS Audacity

  • Originally: Hannover.1
  • Manufacturer: Bremer Vulkan1
  • March 29, 1939: Launched.1
  • January - June 1941: Conversion to carrier at Blyth Shipbuilding Company.1
  • June 1941: Completed.1
  • December 20, 1941: Sunk.1 Hit by torpedoes from U-751 off Portugal.1

Usage

The HMS Audacity was used to escort convoys to Gibraltar.1

Specifications

  HMS Audacity
Crew  
Displacement 10,231 tons1
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length 467' 3"1
142.42 m1
Length - Water Line 435' 6"1
132.74 m1
Length - Between Perpendiculars 434' 9"1
132.51 m1
Beam 56'1
17.07 m1
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 21' 7"1
6.58 m1
Flight Deck 450' x 60'1
137.16 m x 18.29 m1
Performance  
Speed 15 knots1
Range 12,000 nautical miles1
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4" L/45 DP1: 11
2 pdr1: 41
20 mm1: 41
Hotchkiss machine guns1: 61
Aircraft 61
Depth Charge Projectors 41
Armor  
Engines MAN 7 cylinder diesel1
Shafts 11
HP 5,2001
Oil 694 tons1
Aircraft Fuel 10,000 gallons1

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site