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Furious forward flight deck with lift

On this day 15 March 1918

Published: 15 Mar 2013

On this day 15 March 1918 HMS Furious was re-commissioned, the first carrier with aircraft lifts.

Deck landing trials carried out by Squadron Commander Edwin Dunning on 2 August 1917 demonstrated faults with the flight deck arrangements on Furious. In November 1917 HMS Furious was modified to have the aft turret removed and replaced by another deck for landing, giving her both a launching and a recovery deck. Two lifts serving the hangars were also installed. 

Furious was recommissioned on 15 March 1918, and her embarked aircraft were used on anti-Zeppelin patrols in the North Sea after May.

On 19 July 1918, she flew off seven Sopwith Camels which participated in the Tondern raid, attacking the Zeppelin sheds.


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