The convoy operation "Pedestal" to support Malta, was one of the most
important operations during WW II in the Mediterranean sea. It consist
of 14 merchant ships, escorted by 4 aircraftcarriers, 2 battleships,
7 cruisers and 16 destroyers.
In spite of high losses that convoy was
at least an allied success to supply Malta.
The aircraftcarrier HMS Victorious is seen here behind a freighter of
the convoy, in a distance behind HMS Indomitable
The three aircrafts left are from the Type Fairy Fulmar
at the right side two Hawker Sea Hurricane
in the markings
during the operation Pedestal in August 1942.
In the backround - the battleship HMS Rodney
For antisubmarine missions the successor of the famous Swordfish, the
is seen here taking off,
while the other which got
airborne before is circleing overhaed her swimming base.
The half-sister of the Victorious, HMS Indomitable
was the second modern aircraftcarrier
in the Pedestal convoy by the Royal Navy.
Beside Sea Hurricanes from 800. and 880.Squadron (seen here with pilots
inside, waiting at the bow),
there were too six Grumman Martlets II on
One of them is just heading for a forward parking position,
another one is parking behind the island on a boom.
While anti aircraftstations are being anxious to repulse German and
an Albacore of the 827. Squadron is landing after a
(in front of the
island) is selfbuilted.
A relative famous picture from the days of operation Pedestal is the line of the aircraftcarriers:
Victorious (as cameraship), followed by HMS Indomitable
and HMS Eagle
in the backround. Lefthand is the light anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Phoebe
Most of the attacks were comeing from the air, by German and Italian
Two Italian torpedobombers of type Savoia Marchetti S.M.79 Sparviero
are heading in lowlevelflight towards the starboard side of the convoy...
The "F-class" destroyer HMS Fury
is avoiding a possible torpedoattack
by a hard turn to starboard with full speed
and is firing against the attackers.
In the backround at the right again the HMS Indomitable
The left engine of one of the torb-bombers is hidden - will the crew it
make it home...?
No ship in the convoy was save - here the light "Town class" cruiser HMS Manchester
is approached by S.M.79 bombers.
With the HMS Manchester
here an example for the camouflage Mountbatton Pink is visible.
Here in the Mediterraninean Sea the Manchester
wears the darker version
of this reddish-grey caumouflage,
and wore it from 1941 til her sinking, in August 1942
during the Operation Pedestal
Here you can see the Manchester
during the famous convoy operation for the isle of Malta.
In the night of the 13. 08.1942, numerous Italian Motortorpedoboads of the MAS-type
attacked the ships of the Pedestal
Two of them succeeded to near the
in the dark and to damage her so bad, that the ship later had
to be abandoned.