HMS Vindex was an Escort Carrier in the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1943 it was originally laid down as a refrigerated cargo ship but was finally launched in May 1943 as an Escort Carrier.
The late father of a very close friend of mine served on her from late 44 until the end of the war. I have been given access to his photo albums and below are a sample. I believe he was an aircraft electrician although I am unsure which Squadron he was attached to, there are pictures of Swordfish and Wildcats which served on HMS Vindex with 825 Naval Air Squadron
The Squadron posed with a Swordfish
HMS Vindex from the air
An accident with a Wildcat, note the deckhand scrambling to the rescue
The aftermath. The serial begins JV8xx the aircraft is un-coded but would appear to be in an all over single colour scheme. Perhaps dark blue like the example in the FAA museum?
The FAA Museum example seen under restoration and investigation in 2009
This shot appears to show HMS Vindex with 2 Swordfish and 2 Wildcats ranged aft. Both Swordfish appear to have ASR Radar fitted and mines under the wings. The crew on the deck look to be well wrapped up against the conditions.
HMS Vindex was sent to the far east after the war in Europe ended. Here we see another Wildcat desk mishap, the pilot can be seen clambering from the cockpit. The picture may have been taken on the journey south as the aircraft looks to be in a different scheme to the one above and the pilot appears to be wearing tropical kit. Its coded F-3 and appears to be also in the JV serial range, from what I can make out possibly JV5xx.
My friends father left the ship at the end of the War when it had reached South Africa. The shot below appears in the album, I assume it was taken in South Africa. At least three of the Corsairs have their engines running.
Apparently he helped in the dumping of many Lend Lease aircraft off the Cape after the wars end.
It is a fascinating find, I only wish I knew about them years ago when he was still with us. If you can help with identification or have any info to add, please feel free to comment below.