Commemoration: May 25, 1941, HMS Formidable and MAQ3

On May 25, on Facebook and Twitter, I'll broadcast the story of HMS FORMIDABLE and Operation MAQ3 in an attempt to help set the record straight:


The story appears to have been accidentally distorted in Friedman's otherwise excellent British Carrier Aviation - where a tight one paragraph summary of MAQ3 was merged and cut into a tight one-paragraph summary of the Operation Iceberg kamikaze attacks.

Regrettably, almost every work on World War II carrier operations since - both major and minor - has repeated this error almost verbatum.

It's a shame as it demonstrates how this early experiment in carrier air power has been ignored and forgotten.

Time to set the record straight.