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HMS AMEER at Vancouver on completion of her modifications at the Burrad Dry-dock company yard.

 

 

HMS AMEER at anchor at off Greenock January 10th 1944 after her maiden Atlantic crossing; she is carrying a ferry load of Lend-Lease aircraft from Norfolk, Va. on deck.   Photos: © IWM (A 21339)© IWM (A 21338) - © IWM (A 21339)

 

 

 

 


Ferry trip to the East Indies


 

HMS AMEER ferrying Seafires and Corsairs July 1944. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

Unidentified crew members pose with a Seafire on the flight deck c. July 1944 while the ship acted as a ferry carrier.

 

 


Trade Protection in the Indian Ocean: 845 Squadron Avengers embark


 

Cape Town, early December 1944: HMS AMEER alongside at Cape Town where she was to embark her new squadron, 904 NAS on December 6th. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

A Grumman Avenger is launched into the air from the flight deck of HMS AMEER while at anchor in Trincomalee harbour. Pilots call this method of getting air-borne being squirted off ©IWM (A 27964)

 

 


Crossing the Line


HMS AMEER crossed the equator for the first time in the late summer of 1944 when she began anti submarine sweeps in the Indian Ocean.

 

King Neptune holds court accompanied by his loyal assistant Davey Jones and Her Royal Highness Amphitrite. -the surgeon and barber wait their first 'victim'. The "bears" wait in the pool to greet the initiate. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

The ship's "barber" gives the inductee a shave. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

Let the dunking commence: the initiate is dumped from the chair above the pool into the arms of the waiting "Bears". Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

The "bears" continue to dunk the inductee until satisfied. Once released the sailor becomes part of the order of the deep and receives a certificate to prove his new status. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

 


South Africa: 804 Squadron Hellcats embark


 

Cape Town, early December 1944: HMS AMEER alongside at Cape Town where she was to embark her new squadron, 904 NAS on December 6th. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

December 6th 1944, off Cape Town: The Hellcats of 804 fly past AMEER before landing on for the first time. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Perry

 

December 6th 1944, off Cape Town: Hellcat JW769, 'M' of 904 squadron, flown by Sub Lt. JA Scott miss timed the pitching of the ship and the tail hit the deck heavily on landing, the aircraft ended up on its nose

 

Lt W. M. Barr in Hellcat JW723 ('6G' 804 Sqn) has missed all the arrestor wires and is stopped in its tracks by the barrier on HMS AMEER December 12th 1944.

 


 

Unless stated otherwise all photos are courtesy of Frank Perry, Frank's father George Charles Perry served on HMS AMEER

 

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