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HMS Implacable visiting Bergen in 1946

HMS Implacable's service history commenced in September 1944 as part of the Home Fleet. She took part in anti-shipping operations off Norway in 26-29 October, and on 27 November 1944.
Following being drydocked to repair weather damage in December 1944, she departed for the British Pacific Fleet on 10 March 1945, where her large air groups, along with those of her sister ship, were responsible for the majority of sorties flown by the carriers of the British Pacific Fleet. She arrived at Sydney in mid-May; and took part in "training strikes" on Truk between 14-15 June 1945, and strikes against Japanese home islands between July-August 1945. She finally returned to the UK from the Pacific on 3 June 1946.

HMS Implacable acted as a deck-landing training ship in the Home Fleet between 1946-49, and was again an operational carrier in Home Fleet 1949-52. She became a training ship between January 1952-August 1954 and was paid off on 1 September 1954. Implacable was broken up at Inverkeithing from 3 November 1955.

Noteable events involving Implacable include:
27 Oct, 1944
The German submarine U-1060 was grounded south of Bronnoysund, Norway in position 65.24N, 11.59,5E after damages by rockets and depth charges from Firefly and 2 Barracuda aircraft of the British carrier HMS Implacable, 2 British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn 502/D/T) and from 2 Czechoslovakian Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 311/H/Y).

27 Nov, 1944
The Norwegian merchant Rigel (offsite link) was sunk by aircraft from HMS Implacable near Tjøtta, Helgeland, Norway while southbound from Norway to Germany carrying Russian and Yugoslavian prisoners of war in her holds. More then 2000 people died in this attack

M.S. RIGEL (November 27, 1944)

Originally a Norwegian steamer owned by the 'Bergen Dampskipselskip' and captured at Oslo in 1940 during the German invasion of that country. Used as a troop transport under German naval control and part of southbound Convoy 410, she was carrying military equipment, 450 Wehrmacht troops, Russian POW's and ten Norwegians, eight of whom were prisoners, One a maritime pilot and one female passenger who worked on the ship. The Rigel (3,828 tons) was attacked north of Namos by 16 Fleet Air Arm planes from the British carrier HMS Implacable. Altogether she was carrying 2,838 persons including 2,248 Russian prisoners of war on their way to a POW camp in Germany. Hit by five bombs from the British planes, there was little time to launch the lifeboats before sinking. A total of 2,571 lives were lost. There were only 267 survivors. Of the ten Norwegians on board only one survived. The pilots of the British planes had no way of knowing that the ship they sank carried their Russian allies.

J Rogerson TAG
Squadron: 828
Ship/Air Station: HMS Implacable
Captured: 10.7.1945
POW Details:

Capture details POW details Release
Spencer, VH Sub Lt and Rogerson, J LA TAG 828 avenger sqdn took part in the raid over Koriyama, 10.7.45. FTR HMS Implacable, hit by flak Koriyama, North Honshu, Japan

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