Crowds watch as the 22,000 ton aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (91) is launched at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, 13th April 1937. The ship was later sunk off Gibraltar by the German submarine U-81 in November 1941. (Photo by Hudson/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

10 photos showing Royal Navy ship HMS Ark Royal in action during WW2

Royal Navy ship HMS Ark Royal led an interesting life, from her launch in 1937 to her being sunk and the survivors returning to England in 1941.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 4:57 pm

In this small selection you will see a truly extraordinary number of people at her launch at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, one of the last images of her in 1941 before being sunk by German submarine U-18 and some very happy survivors returning home after the sinking.

There are also some interesting aircraft that flew from her decks during her short operational naval life.

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