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NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive

BLOCK ISLAND  (ACV-8)  /
  HMS HUNTER  (D80)


Photos from the collection of Louis Pryor

Submitted by his son, Michael


Louis Pryor

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Louis C. Pryor was a Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.V.R., one of the Fighter Direction Officers serving on the HMS Hunter in the Indian Ocean in 1945. He collected many photos from that time. Now, Louis and his son, Michael, have kindly decided to share their photos with us.

Thank you very much, Louis; thank you very much, Michael.

HMS Hunter

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"Aerial view of the assault carrier H.M.S. Hunter in the Indian Ocean early 1945"

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"Aerial view of the assault carrier H.M.S. Hunter in the Indian Ocean early 1945"

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"King Farouk I of Egypt paid an official visit to H.M.S. Hunter in Alexandria (c.Jan.1945)."

(Read complete, handwritten caption, including identification of those present, in .PDF format [213K]).


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Japanese Surrender, Singapore, September 12, 1945

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"Handing over of Japanese mine charts at Penang prior to official surrender at Singapore."

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"Handing over of Japanese mine charts at Penang prior to official surrender at Singapore."

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"Japanese officers at Penang."

Photo by Louis Pryor

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"H.M.S. Hunter (foreground) entering Singapore harbour in early September 1945. The formal surrender ceremony of all Japanese forces in S.E. Asia took place there on 12 September."

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"The six most senior officers of the Japanese High Command in S.E. Asia arriving at the Singapore Municipal Building for the 12 September 1945 unconditional surrender of their half million soldiers, sailors and airmen to Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander for South East Asia. A contingent from H.M.S. Hunter formed part of the Honour Guard at the ceremony."

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"General Slim and Naval and Air Force SE Asia Command at Japanese surrender in Singapore."

Photo by Louis Pryor
(See also NS-03-cve34-tp0005004, from the album of Chris Thomas).

Photos by Louis Pryor
The Ship

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"After the end of the war in heavy seas in the Bay of Biscay."

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"Sponson on HMS Hunter."

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"HMS Hunter."
 
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"HMS Hunter bridge."
 
The Aircraft

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"I'm afraid I'm not allowed to mention the date or place of this. Chap landing on went over the side — luckily I had my camera waiting in my hand & I was able to take this as the 'plane hit the water.
  The pilot escaped miraculously being picked up by a destroyer."

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"This chap crashed on landing (pilot —still in flying clothes— is marked with an X) — plane was more badly damaged than appears in the photo, so over the side it had to go (here they are pushing it) because space is precious in a carrier. Notice cruiser in background, darling. Russell, my best friend of the pilots, marked with an O."

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"The Walrus — an old 'plane but still the very thing for air-sea rescue as she is amphibian."

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"Oh, my poor nose! A fire started but was quickly extinguished by foam — that is the white stuff you can see on the engine & on the deck."

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"Notice batsman behind screen"

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"Notice batsman behind the screen"

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"Bad landing off Mergui Peninsula. Japs in the islands showing in the background!"

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"Inspecting a damaged plane."

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"At the airfield in Trincomalee"

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"Sunderland flying boat"
 
People

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"On HMS Hunter - on the left 'Bluey' Wilson, Lt. Com. in charge of Fighter Direction Group, plus another FD officer (name unknown)."

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"Same person as NS-03-cve8-p18."

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"Unknown, HMS Hunter."

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"On left is a pilot, on right unknown."

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"Fellow officers."

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"Unknown."

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"Visitor to HMS Hunter."

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"Pilot on HMS Hunter."

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"At Trincomalee airfield."

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"Pilots' briefing in Trincomalee."

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"LCP and visiting Argentine fellow officer."

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"Fellow officer in HMS Hunter."

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"Officers on leave at South American volunteers house - London (LCP on right)."

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"Fellow officer on HMS Hunter."

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"Fellow officer on HMS Hunter."

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"Fighter direction team of HMS Hunter (LCP 4th from left in middle row)"

Sixth from left, third row, framed by the two officers in front (with glasses & beard, respectively) is Able Seaman Samuel Leslie (Les) Large. Thanks to his son, David, for the identification.

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"HMS Hunter pilots."
 
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"Fellow officer on HMS Hunter."
 
Places

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"Going through the Suez Canal."

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"Gibraltar?"

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"Gibraltar?"
 
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"Gibraltar?"
 
Other Ships

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"Troop ship in Alexandria."

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"Helping HMS Nelson tie up at Penang docks?"

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"French battleship Richelieu which formed part of Allied Indian Ocean fleet."

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