e of Cecil Caswell Harper

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1927 - 1935

1935 - 1937

1937 - 1940

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1945 - 1963

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The HMS Glorious Years 1935 – 1937

a47s Glorious in dry docka48s Glorious in dry dock

In 1935 my father was transferred to what would eventually become a part of the Royal Navy, that is the Fleet Air Arm.  However, in these times the Fleet Air Arm was  absolutely a part of the Air Force and the flag had to be flown in the Med.  What good it did,, not really sure, it certainly didn’t stop the second world war. Anyway these photographs from my father’s personal album of the time show his time on HMS Glorious.  Whether the Glorious sank in as yet unexplained circumstances  we have to wait until the release of papers that have a 100 year embargo on their release.  For conspiracy theorists this is a definite indication that there was some sort of skulduggery in the sinking of the Glorious.  In 1935 Glorious was a carrier converted from a battleship built for the first world war and equipped with 15 inch guns that were only fired once and nearly broke the ships back.  The value that was gained from these years of operation in the Med were absolutely invaluable and were part of the learning curve in the use of aircraft carriers.  The photos following in their development of the technology of flying  from aircraft carriers before the development of helicopters and there is little I can add so let the photographs speak for themselves.


Itinerary

This shows the meanderings of HMS Glorious through the Med between 1935 and 1937.
Itinerary
Much of the time was spent between Alexandria and Malta.
For a better indication of the itinerary I list extracts from my father's hand-written list of movements.

Where From Date To Date Heading to
Devonport 23 July 1935 20 Aug 1935 Portsmouth
Portsmouth 21 Aug 1935 24 Aug 1935 Gibralter
Gibralter 25/26 August 28 August 1935 Malta
Malta 28 August 3 September 1935 Alexandria
Alexandria 5 September 21 December 1935 Malta
Malta 23 Dec 1935 1 Jan 1936 Alexandria
Alexandria 3 January 20 April 1936 Malta
Malta 27 July 30 Sep 1936 Kavalla
Kavalla 3 October 8 October 1936 Thaco
Thaco 8 October 14 October 1936 Phaleron
Phaleron 15 October 22 October 1936 Suda Bay
Suda Bay 23 October  28 October 1936  Malta
Malta 30 October 2 February 1937 Alexandria
Alexandria 5 February 22 February 1937 Malta
Malta 23 February 27 February Gibralter/Algeceriras
Gibralter/Algeciras 6 March 20 March 1937 Malta
Malta 23 March 26 April Gibraltar
Gibraltar 30 April 30 April Portsmouth
Portsmouth 5 May 21 May 1937 Devonport
Devonport 22 May 21 June 1937 Portsmouth
Portsmouth 22 June 24 June 1937 Falmouth
Falmouth 26 June 28 June 1937 Torbay
Torbay 5 July 7 July 1937 Gibraltar
Gibraltar 12 July 16 July 1937 Malta
Malta 16 July 24 August 1937 Argostoli
Argostoli 26 August 30 August 1937 Alexandria
Alexandria 2 September 8 September 1937 Spetcai
Spetcai 10 September 15 September 1937 Malta
Malta 17 September 18 September Arzev
Arzev 21 September 21 September Mers el Kabir
Mers el Kabir 22 September 23 September Malta
Malta 18 October 25 October 1937 Arzev
Arzev 28 October 28 October Gibraltar
Gibraltar 28 October 29 October Plymouth
Plymouth 2 November Dec 15 South Cerney

Swordfish over Glorious Formation over Glorious

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