Unusually, for a film made during the height of the Second World War, some live action scenes were shot on a real aircraft carrier (the ship with wings of the title), the Royal Navy's Ark Royal, which even gets its own star billing in the opening credits.
There is a huge amount of miniature work in the film, from the aircraft carrier and its compliment of aircraft, Italian attacking aircraft, a dock facility and ships getting bombed, and a fictional Greek island which looks somewhat like Tracy Island from the Thunderbirds puppet series. There is even a dam burst sequence with miniature German tanks and vehicles being inundated by the water.
One thing to note about the miniature Island is what looks like milk in the water around parts of the Island to represent surf.
The film can be found on DVD among a series of Ealing Studios' releases.