NATIONAL ARCHIVE ADMIRALTY RECORDS

ADM 267/87: Damage Report (Bomb and Shell) HMS Illustrious 1945

A short captain's report on the kamikaze near-miss, transmitted before deeper analysis of Illustrious' hull could be carried out at Leyte to reveal the true extent of damage.

ADM 267/87: Damage Report (Bomb and Shell) HMS Indomitable 1945

A relatively short captain's report on the kamikaze action and minor damage sustained by a glancing blow on the empty armoured deck.

ADM 267/87: Damage Report (Bomb and Shell) HMS Indefatigable 1945

A detailed captain's report of the action and damage sustained by a kamakaze strike square on the armoured deck and island .

ADM 267/87: Damage Report (Bomb and Shell) HMS Victorious 1945

A detailed captain's report on the two kamikaze blows the carrier suffered within minutes.  .

ADM 267/87: Damage Report (Bomb and Shell) HMS Formidable 1945

An extensive report on the most damaging kamikaze strike to a British Pacific Fleet armoured carrier.  

ADM 267/87: Damage Report (Bomb and Shell) HMS Formidable 1945

An equally extensive report on Formidable's second kamikaze strike. (Yet to be transcribed for this site)


ACADEMIC ACCOUNTS

GRAVE OF A DOZEN SCHEMES
British Naval Planning and the War Against Japan, 1943-1945

By H.P. Willmott

This book is a consummate example of the insecurity some naval and historical circles have with acknowledging the achievements of the British Pacific Fleet. The author himself admits this in his own forward, as detailed by this book review: (CLICK HERE FOR LINK)

Book Forward: "It would be pleasing to record that this book first saw the light of day as a result of a conviction that the story of the British contribution to the war against Japan in 1944-45, and specifically the story of the British Pacific Fleet, deserved an account that did both justice. Unfortunately this author cannot honestly make such a claim. This book took shape as a result of the realisation that a doctorate, and with it admission to the most mysterious Masonic order in the Western world, would be required if the author was to work in the United States".

Rethinking History Blog comment: In other words, I tailored my stuff to what people in university circles wanted to hear to be acceptable to the powers that be in (United States) academia…

Give this book (other than its forward) a miss.


PERSONAL AND FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNTS

They Gave Me a Seafire
$25.05
By Commander R. Mike Crosley
A Formidable Commission.
By Wardroom Officers of H.M. Aircraft-Carrier Formidable.