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  HMS Glory (R62)
Royal Navy
Colossus class
Aircraft Carrier

13,190 Long Tons
695' x 630' x 80'
6 x 4 QF 2 pounder guns
32 × 20 mm cannon
48 Aircraft

Ship History
Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. Laid down August 27, 1942. Launched November 27, 1943 by Lady Cynthia Brookes, wife of the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Commissioned on April 2, 1945.

Wartime History
Departed for the Pacific with an Air Wing including 837 Naval Air Squadron (Barracudas) and 1831 Naval Air Squadron (Corsairs). Arriving at Sydney, assigned to the 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron of the British Pacific Fleet.

On September 6, 1945 entered Simpson Harbor off Rabaul to accept the surrender of all remaining Japanese Forces in New Guinea, New Britain and the Solomon Islands. The ceremony took place aboard HMS Glory (R62). Representing the Japanese was Japanese Army (IJA) General H. Imamura, Commander 8th Army Area and Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Admiral J. Kusaka, Commander South East Area Fleet.

Post War
Afterwards, Glory participated in the occupation of Hong Kong and was then used to repatriate Commonwealth personnel from across the Pacific to Australia and Canada. On December 2, 1945 members of RAAF 30 Squadron including one officer and four airmen embarked on Glory at Tarakan were disembarked at Sydney ten days later.

During 1947, returned to the United Kingdom and was placed in reserve. In November 1949, the ship was taken out of reserve and returned to service during December 1950.

Korean War
During the Korean War, Glory deployed to Korea three times. The first was April to September 1951. Next, deployed January to May 1952 and finally November 1952 to May 1953.

During 1954, converted to a ferry vessel, troop carrier and helicopter ship. In 1956 placed in reserve. Finally in 1961 sold in Inverkeithing, Scotland and cut up for scrap afterwards.

AWM 045213
RAAF, 30 Squadron ORB December 2-12, 1945
YouTube British Pathé HMS Glory In Action Aka HMS Glory And Korean Battle Front (1953)

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
April 30, 2020


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