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What happened to the French aircraft carrier in ww2?

Béarn without her armament fitted : photograph (Q 48219) French Aircraft Carrier BEARN. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205282195

What happened to the French aircraft carrier in ww2? Moreover, yes, the French did have a carrier in the second world war. The French aircraft carrier Bearn was originally designed as Normandie class battleship. Furthermore, she had a long career but mostly an unsuccessful career. In addition she never launched her aircraft in combat.

She displaced 22,146 long tons, had a length of of nearly 600 feet and could host 32 planes.

circa 1941

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In late May 1940 Béarn ferried gold to purchase aircraft from the United States.

However, she diverted to Martinique in the French West Indies. As a result of the French armistice with Germany.

The carrier conducting landing trials in April–June 1927 with a Gourdou-Leseurre GL.22ET.1 trainer
: photograph (Q 48220) French Aircraft Carrier BEARN. Copyright: © IWM. Original Sourcehttp://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205282196

Under pressure from the United States, which worried about the Germans taking control of her if she returned to France. The carrier remained there for the next four years.

To appease the Americans the local commander agreed to have her immobilized in 1942 after the USA had entered the war. As a result, the Vichy French government ordered him to sabotage the ship in May 1943. And he would ultimately achieved this by running Béarn aground.

FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIER AT COLOMBO. OCTOBER 1945, THE FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIER BEARN LYING IN COLOMBO HARBOUR. (A 30871) In addition, copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205161950

She was raised and joined the Free French later that year for preliminary repairs. Repairs that would allow her to steam under her own power to New Orleans, Louisiana. For conversion into an aircraft ferry, completed in early 1945.

The French aircraft carrier Béarn. She was in service from 1927 to 1940, moreover, from 1944 to 1948 she was used to transport aircraft, then she became a stationary hulk at Toulon (France), until being scrapped in 1967.

However, she would stay in use until 1966. But, lastly eventually condemned and scrapped in 1967.

What happened to the French aircraft carrier in ww2? Written by Harry Gillespie

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