World War: Where Is the Ark Royal?

The boys on the aircraft carrier Ark Royal (who, depending on their mood, called her the Ark or My Royal Arse) had begun to think of her as charmed; the Axis claimed her sinking again & again, but apparently nothing could get her.

First the Germans said (Sept. 26, 1939) that they had bombed her to the bottom of the North Sea. She was in the North Sea, but unhurt.

"Where is the Ark Royal?" asked the Berlin radio over & over. She was heading south for Cape Town.

In Berlin the Luftwaffe's Lance Corporal Fran...

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