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NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive

USS PYBUS (ACV-34/CVE-34)  /
HMS EMPEROR  (D98/R307)


Photos from the album of Jack Price

Submitted by his friend, Carl Berrington

Most of the pictures on this page were taken by Jack Price whilst serving aboard HMS Emperor. Others are official photos.


The Ship

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HMS Emperor (D98) at Trincomalee
(Click here for a larger copy, submitted by Jeff Bloom and Tony Drury.)

Action Stations

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Bridge

In Action

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Hellcats from Emperor strafing German MT in Greece, October 1944 (gun camera pic)

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Onboard Views & Miscellaneous Activities

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Bombs on flight deck

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Refueling HMCS Stormont (K327), a River-class frigate

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The Greek island of Leros (background)

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Suez Canal, 1945

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Crossing the line, April 14, 1945
 

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Leaving "East Indies Station," Colombo, November 7, 1945

The Aircraft
With information from Chris Thomas

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Hellcat of 800 Squadron taking off

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Hellcat crash landed

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Sub Lt Watkins crash landing

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"His jaw has dropped"

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Hellcat returns after combat operations

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One just caught fire

The Men

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(Left) Lt Blyth Ritchie, DSC and BAR, RNVR, of 800 Squadron. One of the Royal Navy aces, with 5 and 2 shared confirmed kills, including a Junkers 87 during Operation Pedestal and a Focke Wolf 190 during Operation Tungsten. He was killed in a training flight mid-air collision on July 12, 1944 near Sherborne, Dorset after he had left Emperor.
(Right) S/Lt Roy Hollway. Killed on active service with his squadron operating from Emperor, May 14, 1944.
The photo is believed to have been taken in April 1944.
(Thanks to Andrew Lloyd and Tony Drury, who provided additional information about this photo).

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Another photo of Lt Blyth Ritchie (right)

POWs

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Italian prisoners

Other Ships

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As seen from Emperor: HMS Khedive, HMS Searcher, HMS Pursuer, and HMS Attacker (probably during Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, August 1944)

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Unidentified CVE, believed to have been taken during Operation Tungsten (April 1944)

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Unidentified CVE, date and place unknown

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HMS Roebuck (H95), an R-class destroyer, being refueled

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HMS Tumult (R11), a T-class destroyer

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Through the Suez Canal, 1945

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