Sailors and Royal Marines take a break from clearing ice from HMS Belfast’s upper decks. HMS Belfast spent most of 1943 in the waters of the Arctic, providing close-range heavy cover for the convoys taking supplies to the USSR.
Children of British and Commonwealth civilian internees are entertained at a party held on board HMS Belfast in Shanghai, October 1945. HMS Belfast helped evacuate survivors of Japanese prisoner of war and civilian internment camps in Shanghai.
HMS Belfast fires a salvo from her 6-inch guns at shore targets in North Korea, November 1951. HMS Belfast was amongst the first British ships to go into action off Korea, and patrolling and shore bombardments were her main duties.
HMS Belfast leaves Singapore in April 1962 at the end of her last foreign service commission. Following the Korean War, the need for a large peacetime navy dwindled, and in 1963 HMS Belfast was paid off into reserve for the last time.
HMS Belfast sails under Tower Bridge to take up her permanent mooring in the Pool of London, 15 October 1971. She became part of IWM in 1978.
Dry-docked in Tilbury, HMS Belfast undergoes preservation work on her hull, September 1982. IWM continues to preserve and restore the ship through its dedicated team of staff and volunteers, most recently replacing her masts in 2010.
The Last Fight of Captain Ball, 1919, by Norman Arnold. An aerial view of a dogfight between British and German aircraft.
A Convoy, North Sea, 1918, by John Lavery. An aerial view from an airship looking down onto a convoy in the North Sea.
An Incident on the Western Front, 1918, by Louis Weirter. A view of a dogfight. In the upper foreground a biplane of the RAF flies towards a stricken German biplane.
An Impression of Lens, France, Seen from an Aeroplane, 1918, by Richard Carline. An aerial view of the French city of Lens from a British plane.
Closing Up: A Bombing Formation of British Biplanes, 1919, by Horace Davis. An aerial view of British planes battling several German triplanes.
Flying Above Kirkuk, Kurdistan, 1919, by Sydney Carline. An aerial view from the rear cockpit of an RAF biplane showing the tail of the aircraft and three other planes following behind. The town of Kirkuk is visible below.