HMS Illustrious
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Aug. 9, 2017

My father Jim Pettigrew served on Illustrious WWII, 44/45. Involved in Palembang raid at Sumatra as navigator on Grumman Avenger. Anyone have any knowledge of him? I think he was in 854 Squadron based at Trinco/Ceylon.

John Pettigrew

Oct. 4, 2014

I would appreciate it if you or anyone could help give any information about my father in law Harold Newton Born in Basford Nottingham. We know he served on HMS Illustrious and was an Engineers Metal Machinist in 1943. However he did once say he worked on Radar but not sure about this. His service no was D/J x 555063. My husband's name is Peter Kenneth Newton and I would love to find this information as a surprise for him.

Thank you,
Mavis Newton

Aug. 13, 2014

My father Harry Arrowsmith (Chief?) PO Stoker) was on the illustrious in the Med during the attack near Malta. I have two photos taken from another ship nearby of bombs dropping on the ship and also a picture of the several officers in a ward room are they of interest to you?

Alan Arrowsmith

January 10, 1941: HMS Illustrious under attack off Malta.

January 10, 1941: HMS Illustrious under attack off Malta.

Officers of HMS Illustrious.

Aug. 11, 2014

I am looking for recollections, photos and any history of my Grandfather Leslie Cartwright, Flight Deck Division, who served (I believe from 1943 to 1946) on board.  Hopefully will have some more pictures to share soon. We have a few photos of him, though would love to be able to show him more on his 90th birthday soon.  He was from Dudley, West Midlands before serving on board. Very grateful for any information/pictures that are available to share.

Nigel Spiller

Leslie Cartwright.

Leslie Cartwright.

Jan. 12, 2014

Does anyone have records for HMS illustrious 1952-53? I am researching James Stewart (my dad) Royal
Navy 1946-58 signals, Chatham base Dad was also a boxer in the navy. Any news is good news.

Jeff Stewart
Melbourne Australia

Dec. 27, 2013

My Grandfather Walter William Charles Miles once served on HMS Illustrious, but don't know when he served
as he also served on Victorious in the WWII. I was wondering if anyone had info that might help.

Sharon Webb

Nov. 11, 2013

My grandfather John (Jack) Lumley was a Chief Petty Officer on the HMS Illustrious during WWII. He died a few years ago. He can be seen in the photo below second from the left.  From looking at your message boards and pictures I believe third from the right is Richard Griffins.

Karen Lumley


Oct. 8, 2013

I am looking for any information about my father Robert 'Bob' Sweet who served on the Illustrious during the war. He passed away a while ago and his wife/my mother this year and I would love to find out more about his time in the Navy Photographs would be wonderful.

Barry Sweet

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