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Great Britain's Archer class and Avenger class escort aircraft carriers

Photos

  • CVE 30 USS Charger
  • HMS Archer
  • HMS Avenger
  • HMS Avenger and HMS Biter
  • HMS Avenger
  • HMS Avenger
  • HMS Avenger
  • HMS Biter
  • HMS Biter
  • HMS Biter
  • HMS Biter

Design

The Archer and Avenger classes were built by the United States and Lend Leased to Great Britain. They were originally merchant ships that were converted into escort carriers.

Engines

There were four engines that drove the single propellar.

Flight Deck

The flight deck was make of wood.

There was a small island located on the starboard side.

There was a single 38' x 34' elevator and could lift 12,000 lb on the HMS Archer. On the Avenger class the elevator was 42' x 34'.

The single catapult could launch 7,000 lbs at 60.8 knots.

Once the Avenger class ships arrived in Great Britain they had their flight decks increased to 440'.

Hangar

In the after part of the Archer class was a half hangar. It was 18' 9" high.

The Avenger class had a height of 16'.

Ships

HMS Archer, BAVG-1

  • Class: Archer
  • Formerly the merchant Mormacland
  • Manufacturer: Sun Shipbuilding
  • December 14, 1939: Launched
  • November 17, 1940, November 17, 1941: Commissioned
  • Late 1941: Collided with merchantman off Norfolk.
  • Late 1942, August 1942: 4" guns replaced by 4" QF Mk V HA guns. Flight deck lengthened to 440'.
  • November 1942: Operation Torch, North Africa.
  • February 1943, March 1943: Two / Four 40 mm Bofors twin mounts added. One 20 mm was removed.
  • May 1943: Anti-submarine duty in North Atlantic.
  • August 1943: Laid up due to engine trouble.
  • March 1945: Decommissioned.

HMS Avenger, BAVG-2

  • Class: Archer, Avenger
  • Formerly the merchant Rio Hudson
  • Manufacturer: Sun, Sun Shipbuilding
  • Conversion: Bethlehem at Staten Island.
  • November 27, 1940: Launched
  • March 2, 1940, March 2, 1942: Commissioned.
  • Summer 1942: Deck landing trials with Sea Hurricanes.
  • November 1942: Operation Torch, North Africa.
  • November 15, 1942, December 15, 1942: Sunk Sank within three minutes after it attacked and hit by a torpedo from the U-155.

HMS Biter, BAVG-3

  • Class: Archer, Avenger
  • Formerly the merchant Rio Parana, Mormactern
  • Manufacturer: Sun, Sun Shipbuilding
  • Conversion: Atlantic Basin Iron Works
  • July 15, 1939, December 18, 1940: Launched
  • May 1, 1942, May 6, 1942: Commissioned.
  • Autumn 1942, August - September 1942: 4" guns replaced by 4" QF Mk V HA guns.
  • November 1942: Operation Torch, North Africa.
  • November 1943: Rudder hit by ditch torpedo from one of own aircraft.
  • April 9, 1945: Transferred to France.

CVE-30 USS Charger

  • Class: Archer
  • Formerly the merchant Rio de la Plata
  • Manufacturer: Sun Shipbuilding
  • March 3, 1942: Launched. Commissioned.
  • Kept by United States as for training.

HMS Dasher, BAVG-5

  • Class: Archer, Avenger
  • Formerly the merchant Rio de Janeiro
  • Manufacturer: Sun, Sun Shipbuilding
  • Conversion: Tietjen & Lang
  • April 12, 1941: Launched
  • July 1, 1942: Commissioned.
  • Autumn 1942, October 1942: 4" guns replaced by 4" QF Mk V HA guns.
  • November 1942: Operation Torch, North Africa.
  • March 27, 1943: Sunk. Accidental gasoline explosion while refueling at Firth of Clyde.

HMS Tracker, BAVG-6

  • Class: Archer, Ameer, Ruler
  • January 31, 1943: Commissioned.

Usage

The Charger was kept by the United States for training of British crews.

Specifications

  Archer class
Crew 555
Displacement 6,200 tons
Displacement - Loaded 8,250 tons, 9,000 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 492' 3"
150 m
Length - Water Line 468' 6"
Beam 66' 3"
20.2 m
Draft / Height 23' 3"
7.1 m
Draft / Height - Maximum  
Flight Deck  
Performance  
Speed 16.5 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4": 3
20 mm twin mounts: 4
20 mm: 7, 15
Aircraft 15
Armor None
Engines 1 shaft diesel motor
HP 8,500
Oil  
Gasoline  
  HMS Archer
Crew 555
Displacement 10,220 tons
Displacement - Loaded 9,000 tons, 12,860 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 492'
149.96 m
Length - Water Line 492'
149.96 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 465'
141.73 m
Beam 69' 6"
21.18 m
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 21' 10", 22'
6.65 m, 6.71 m
Flight Deck 410' x 70', 438'
124.97 m x 21.34 m
Performance  
Speed 16.5 knots, 17 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4", 4" L/50 US Mk 9: 3
20 mm: 15
Aircraft 16
Armor  
Engines Diesel
Sulzer 7 cylinder Diesel
Shafts 1
HP 8,500, 9,000
Oil 1,362 tons, 1,400 tons
Gasoline 36,000 gallons
  Avenger class
Crew 555
Displacement 10,366 tons
Displacement - Loaded 15,120 tons, 15,125 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 492'
149.96 m
Length - Water Line 465'
141.73 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 465'
141.73 m
Beam 69' 6"
21.18 m
Draft / Height 21'
6.4 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 2"
7.67 m
Flight Deck 410', 410' x 78'
124.97 m x 23.77 m
Performance  
Speed 16.5 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4", 4" L/50 US Mk 9: 3
20 mm: 19
Aircraft 15
Armor  
Engines Diesel, Doxford 6 cylinder Diesel
Shafts 1
HP 8,500
Oil 3,000 tons, 3,061 tons
Gasoline 36,000 gallons
  HMS Biter
Crew  
Displacement  
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length  
Length - Water Line  
Beam  
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 5"
7.75 m
Flight Deck  
Performance  
Speed  
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft  
Aircraft  
Armor  
Engines  
HP  
Oil 1,308 tons
Gasoline  

Sources:

  1. Warships of World War II, H. T. Lenton and J. J. Colledge, 1964
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  4. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
  5. Allied Escort Carriers of World War Two in Action, Kenneth Poolman, 1988
  6. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
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