As you will become aware – not least because of the timescale! – I was not involved in the incident described below – but it makes an awfully good story so I hope you can use it!
Many fixed-wing types have landed on carriers, including those not designed to do so. Lieutenant Commander Ben Breese RN (who passed away in 2009, aged 94) was the only pilot known to have landed a floatplane on a carrier without wheels or arrester hook. Piccys of Lt Cdr Breese plus one of him performing the landing are copied below. Here’s the story:
On July 3 1940 Breese was flying one of the battleship Valiant‘s two Fairey Swordfish during the daylong negotiations between the British and French fleets off Mers-el-Kebir (near Oran, Algeria). As Admiral James Somerville, commanding Force H which included the carrier Ark Royal, offered Admiral Marcel-Bruno Gensoul terms to prevent four French battleships from falling into German hands, Breese remained airborne in readiness to spot for Valiant‘s guns should the negotiations fail, which they did.