Unofficial Motto:

"Ruthless unto Victory"

 


Pennant Number:


D70

 


Battle Honours:


Atlantic 1943

 


Specifications: 


Builder:

Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma, Washington.

 

Completed by:

Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon


Displacement:

14,170 tons


length (Overall):

 486ft


Beam:

 69 ft 6 in


Speed:

 18 knots


Crew Complement:

646


A/C Capacity:

20


Commanding Officers:


Capt. A.A. Murray RN
Dec 42 - Apr 44

 

***


Capt. G.V.B. Faulkner RN
Apr 44 - Jul 45

 


Squadrons:


804

Oct 1943
Hellcat I

 

835

Sept-Oct 1943
Wildcat VI

 

 

 

 

 

 

A History of HMS RAVAGER

 

 

HMS RAVAGER pictured in the aircraft ferry role, 11 November 944.

 

 

Laid down 11 April 1942, at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma, Washington, a C3-S-A1 type freighter, Maritime Commission  hull number 240, Seattle-Tacoma hull number 24; sponsored by Mrs. C. G. Mitchell. The hull was purchased by the US navy to be the USS RAVAGER ACV-24 (later changed to CVE-24 on July 15th 1943). She was launched on 16 July 1942. Her hull was towed to the Commercial Iron Works yard, Portland, Oregon, for completion and fitting out as an aircraft carrier. Whilst still under construction it had been decided that AVG-24 was to be transferred to the Admiralty on loan on her completion as an aircraft carrier. She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 25 April 1943 and commissioned in RN service, at Portland, as HMS RAVAGER (D70, Captain A. A. Murray RN in command.

 

After completing her builder's sea trials and her acceptance by the Admiralty Ravager sailed to Vancouver, Canada to be modified to meet Admiralty requirements, receive her full crew compliment, complete sea trials and work up ready for beginning her active service. This work was undertaken by the Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Leaving Vancouver in July 1943 Ravager sailed for the Panama Canal, embarking the men and aircraft of 846 squadron from US Naval Air Station Quonset Point for transit to UK.

 

HMS Ravager initially saw service in the Atlantic convoy escort duties, operating the wildcats of 835 and Hellcats of 804 squadrons between September and October 1943. but From the end of 1944 Ravager was mainly employed as a Deck Landing Training carrier, operating off the Scottish coast.

 

HMS RAVAGER operating in her primary role as a Deck Landing Training Carrier

 

 

CVE 24 arrived at Norfolk, Virginia on 9 February 1946 and was returned to USN custody on 27 February 1946; she was stricken for disposal 12 April 1946. She was sold to William B. St. John of New York City, 1 July 1947 and refitted for merchant service as the SS Robin Trent, later becoming Trent. She was scrapped in Taiwan in 1973.

 

A fuller account of this ships history will be added at some time in the future.

 

 


Content revised: July 2008

Sources used in compiling this account:

Brown, D. (1974) 'Carrier Operations in World War 2 - vol 1 the Royal Navy' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd.

Hobbs, D. (2003) 'Royal Navy Escort Carriers' Liskeard, Maritime Books

Poolman, K. (1988) 'Allied Escort Carriers of World War Two in Action' London, Blandford Press

Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Weaver, D. (2004) 'The History of HMS Queen - A World War II Lend Lease Escort Aircraft Carrier' Hong Kong, D.G. Weaver.

British officers (including Commonwealth officers serving in British units) Part of WWII Unit Histories and Officers web site.

Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1922-present A comprehensive resource listing service details of men and women killed in RN and RM service.

Convoy Web A comprehensive resource listing WW2 convoys and ships .

War Sailors Ships in Atlantic and miscellaneous convoys during WW2.

 

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