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Great Britain's Attacker class escort aircraft carriers

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HMS Attacker Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Attacker Escort Aircraft Carrier
US Navy photo
HMS Battler Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock:
Great Britain's HMS Battler Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock
©IWM A 16643
HMS Battler Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Battler Escort Aircraft Carrier
©IWM FL 1588
HMS Chaser Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock:
Great Britain's HMS Chaser Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock
©IWM A 17859
HMS Chaser Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock:
Great Britain's HMS Chaser Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock
©IWM A 17861
HMS Chaser Escort Aircraft Carrier off the Malabar Coast off India:
Great Britain's HMS Chaser Escort Aircraft Carrier off the Malabar Coast off India
©IWM A 29289
HMS Fencer Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Fencer Escort Aircraft Carrier
©IWM FL 13104
HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier with Wildcats partaking in the invasion of southern France August 15, 1944:
Great Britain's HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier with Wildcats partaking in the invasion of southern France August 15, 1944
©IWM A 25190
HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier
©IWM A 22179
HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier with Wildcats in front of the HMS Attacker and HMS Khedive on August 15, 1944:
Great Britain's HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier with Wildcats in front of the HMS Attacker and HMS Khedive on August 15, 1944
©IWM A 25184
HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Pursuer Escort Aircraft Carrier
©IWM FL 17769
HMS Stalker Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock:
Great Britain's HMS Stalker Escort Aircraft Carrier at Greenock
©IWM A 22179
HMS Stalker Escort Aircraft Carrier off San Francisco:
Great Britain's HMS Stalker Escort Aircraft Carrier off San Fracisco
©IWM A 22179
HMS Striker Escort Aircraft Carrier:
Great Britain's HMS Striker Escort Aircraft Carrier
©IWM A 30929

Design

These were formerly United States Bogue class escorts aircraft carriers and transferred to Great Britain under Lend Lease.5,6

Flight Deck

There were two elevators each 42' x 34' and could lift 14,000 lbs.2

The island is on the starboard side.2

The catapult could launch 7,000 lb at 60.8 knots.2,6 The HMS Pursuer could launch 10,000 lbs.2

Hangar

The Attacker class had a full sized hangar deck and was 18' high.1

Ships

HMS Attacker

  • Originally USS Barnes1,6, merchant Steel Artisan1,6, AVG-76, CVE-75
  • Manufacturer: Western Pipe1,2,6, G.E.C.1
  • April 17, 1941: Laid down.6
  • September 27, 1941: Launched1,2,4,6
  • September 30, 1942, October 10, 19422,6: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • July 1943: Sicily.6
  • August 1944: Southern France.6
  • September 1944: Eastern Mediterranean.6
  • ?: British Pacific Fleet.6

HMS Battler

  • Originally USS Altamaha1,6, merchant Mormacmail1, AVG-66, CVE-65
  • Manufacturer: Ingalls6, Ingalls Shipbuilding1,2, Westinghouse1
  • April 15, 1941: Laid down.6
  • April 4, 1942: Launched1,2,4,6
  • October 31, 1942, November 15, 19422,6: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • January 1943: Original 4" guns replaced by three 4" QF Mk V HA.2
  • Summer 1943: Escorted convoys to Gibraltar.6
  • September 1943: Operation Avalanche, Italy.6
  • October 1943: Indian Ocean.6
  • ?: British Pacific Fleet.6

HMS Chaser

  • Originally USS Breton1,6, merchant Mormacgulf1,6, AVG-106, CVE-105
  • Manufacturer: Ingalls6, Ingalls Shipbuilding1,2, Westinghouse1
  • June 28, 1941: Laid down.6
  • January 15, 1942, June 19, 19421,4: Launched.1,2,4,6
  • April 9, 1943: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • May 1943: Had first British Avenger squadron.6
  • February - March 1944: Escorted convoys to Soviet Union.6
  • ?: British Pacific Fleet.6

HMS Fencer

  • Originally USS Coatan1, USS Croatan6, AVG-146, CVE-145
  • Manufacturer: Western Pipe1,2,6, G.E.C.1
  • September 5, 1941: Laid down.6
  • April 4, 1942, May 4, 19421: Launched2,4,6
  • February 20, 1943, March 1, 19435: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • October 1943: Operation Alacrity, Azores.6
  • April 1944: Operation Tungsten, raid on Tirpitz.6
  • 1945: British Pacific Fleet.6
  • July 1945: Seven 40 mm Bofors added.2

HMS Hunter

  • Originally merchant Mormacpenn6, USS Block Island6, AVG-86
  • Manufacturer: Ingalls6
  • May 15, 1941: Laid down.6
  • May 22, 1942: Launched.6
  • January 11, 1943: Completed.6
  • Autumn 1943: Italy.6
  • August 1944: Operation Dragoon, southern France.6
  • 1945: Pacific.6

HMS Pursuer

  • Originally USS St. George1,6, merchant Mormacland1,6, AVG-176, CVE-175
  • Manufacturer: Ingalls6, Ingalls Shipbuilding1,2, Westinghouse1
  • July 31, 1941: Laid down.6
  • July 18, 1942: Launched.1,2,4,6
  • April 4, 1943, June 14, 19432,6: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • July 1945: Four 40 mm Bofors added.2

HMS Ravager

  • Formerly AVG-246, CVE-345
  • Manufacturer: Seattle-Tacoma2,6, Willamette Iron and Steel6
  • April 11, 1942: Laid down.6
  • July 16, 1942: Launched.2,4,6
  • April 25, 1943, April 26, 19432,6: Commissioned.2,5,6

HMS Searcher

  • Formerly AVG-226, CVE-225
  • Manufacturer: Commercial Iron Works6, Seattle-Tacoma2,6
  • February 10, 1942: Laid down.6
  • June 18, 1942, June 20, 19422,6: Launched.2,4,6
  • April 7, 1943, April 8, 19432,6: Commisisoned.2,5,6
  • April 1944: Raid on Tirpitz.6
  • August 1944: Operation Dragoon, southern France.6

HMS Stalker

  • Originally USS Hamlin1,6, AVG-156, CVE-155
  • Manufacturer: Western Pipe1,2,6, G.E.C.1
  • October 6, 1941: Laid down.6
  • March 5, 1942: Launched.1,2,4,6
  • December 21, 1942, December 30, 19422,6: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • September 1943: Italy.6
  • 1944: Mediterranean.6
  • ?: Pacific.6

HMS Striker

  • Originally USS Prince William1,6, ABG-196, CVE-195
  • Manufacturer: Western Pipe1,2,6, G.E.C.1
  • December 15, 1941: Laid down.6
  • May 7, 1942: Launched.1,2,4,6
  • April 28, 1943, April 29, 19432,6: Commissioned.2,5,6
  • November 1944: Pacific.6
  • July 1945: Six 40 mm Bofors added.2

HMS Tracker

  • Originally BAVG-66
  • Manufacturer: Seattle-Tacoma2,6, Willamette Iron and Steel6
  • November 3, 1941: Laid down.6
  • March 7, 1942: Launched.2,4,6
  • January 31, 1943: Commissioned.2,6
  • 1943 - 1945: Escorted Atlantic and Soviet convoys.6

HMS Trailer

  • Class: Archer.5
  • Originally USS Block Island1, merchant Mormacpenn1
  • Manufacturer: Ingalls Shipbuilding1, Westinghouse1
  • May 22, 1942: Launched1,4
  • January 31, 1943: Commissioned.5

Specifications

  Attacker class
Crew 6453, 6461,2,6
Displacement 10,200 tons2,6, 11,420 tons1,3
Displacement - Loaded 14,170 tons2, 14,400 tons6
Physical Characteristics  
Length 491' 7" - 496' 1"2, 492'1, 492' 3"3, 496'6
149.91 m - 151.2 m2, 150 m3, 151.18 m6
Length - Water Line 468' 6"1
Length - Between Perpendiculars 465'6
141.73 m6
Beam 69' 6"1,2,3,6
21.18 m2,6, 21.2 m3
Draft / Height 23' 3"1,6, 23' 7"2, 24'3
7.09 m6, 7.19 m2, 7.3 m3
Draft / Height - Maximum 26'6
7.92 m6
Flight Deck 438'2, 440' x 82'6
134.11 m x 24.99 m6
Performance  
Speed 17 knots1,3, 18.5 knots2,6
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4"1,3, 4" L/506, 4" L/50 US Mk 92: 21,2,3,6
40 mm twin mounts1,3: 41,3
40 mm Bofors twin mounts2: 42
20 mm1,2,3,6: 10 - 352, 146, 151,3
Aircraft 181,3, 18 - 242, 206
Armor None3
Engines  
Boilers Foster-Wheeler: 22,6
Shafts 11,2,3,6
Turbines Geared1,2, Geared Steam3, General Electric geared6
Turbines - Battler, Chaser, Hunter, Pursuer Westinghouse6
HP 8,5002,6, 9,3501,3
Oil 3,018 - 3,160 tons2, 3,100 tons6
Gasoline 41,000 - 52,800 gallons2

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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