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ALTAMAHA (ACV-6)  /  HMS BATTLER (D18)



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943-1945 — Salerno 1943

Attacker (US Bogue) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 15 Apr 1941 4 Apr 1942 31 Oct 1942 12 Feb 1946 28 Mar 1946
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss.

Specifications
(As converted, 1942)
Displacement: 7,800 tons standard; 14,170 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 465' x 69.5' x 24' 8"  /  141.7 x 21.2 x 7.5 meters
Dimensions (max.): 495' 8" x 111.5'  /  151.1 x 34 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 2 boilers (285 psi); 1 steam turbine; 1 shaft; 8,500 shp
Speed: 18+ knots
Endurance: 27,300 nautical miles @ 11 knots
Armament: 2 single 4"/50 gun mounts; 4 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 8 twin and 10 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 15+
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult (H 2); 9 arresting wires and 3 barriers
Crew: 646

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ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300609
61k

HMS Battler (D18) on her sea trials.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-6 Battler
NS0300601
68k Bows on view from a just launched aircraft. IWM
CVE-6 Battler
NS0300603
91k Very good image showing details of bow and island. IWM
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300606
65k

HMS Battler (D18, ex-Altamaha) underway just after commisisoning. Ministry of Defence (Navy) photo, courtesy of Ray Burt.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers of the World, 1914 to the Present: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, by Roger Chesneau.

Robert Hurst
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300607
104k HMS Battler at anchor, date and location unknown. She was used for convoy escort duties, carrying Seafires and Swordfish. Hugh Davies (text courtesy of Robert Hurst)
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300618
52k

Undated picture of the escort carrier HMS Battler (D18) underway in coastal waters, location unknown. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # FL 1588 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300617
40k

Escort carrier HMS Battler (D18) tied to a mooring buoy at Greenock, Scotland. Photo taken by Lt. S.J. Beardell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 16641 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300608
41k

HMS Battler, ex-Altamaha (CVE-6), tied up to a buoy in May 1943 at Greenock, Scotland. Photo taken by Lt. S.J. Beardell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 16643 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Note that, unlike her American counterparts, her US-built YE radio homing beacon is not fitted at the masthead.

Robert Hurst
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300614
44k

HMS Battler (D18) tied to a mooring buoy at Greenock, Scotland. Photo taken by Lt. S.J. Beardell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 16880 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Note starboard boat boom out and ladder down and naval pinnance alongside. Also crewmen standing on portside anchor.

Robert Hurst
ACV-6/HMS Battler
NS0300615
14k

Maintenance crew bringing a Fairey Swordfish MK.II torpedo-bomber of No. 835 Squadron, FAA, on to the flight deck of the escort carrier HMS Battler (D18) by hydraulic lift, 13 May 1943. The carrier's island can be seen in the background. Photo taken by Lt. S.J. Beadell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo No. A 16649, from the Imperial War Museum collections.

Robert Hurst
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300604
89k

HMS Battler underway, August 1943. Place unknown.

Photo P.A. Vicary.

Robert Hurst
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300616
46k

Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson (28) with the destroyer HMS Eclipse (H08) alongside, and the escort aircraft carrier HMS Battler (D18), at anchor in Valletta harbour, Malta, August 1943. Photo source unknown.

Robert Hurst
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300605
48k HMS Battler as seen from HMS Hunter in an angry sea on passage to the Mediterranean for Operation Avalanche at Salerno, Italy (September 1943). Note the overhang of the sponsons from the flight deck catwalk (the Goofers). Robert Hurst
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300610
107k Four-bladed Seafires prepare to take off from HMS Battler, September 1943. Gary Evans, via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300611
74k Seafire taking off from HMS Battler, 1943. HMS Hunter and battleship HMS Ramillies in background. Gary Evans, via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300612
32k

A Fairey Swordfish landing aboard HMS Battler. Date and location unknown.

Gary Evans, via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-6/HMS Battler
NS0300613
100k

HMS Battler at full steam, location and date unknown, as seen from a Swordfish waiting for its turn to land.

Gary Evans, via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-6 Battler
NS0300602
69k

Aerial starboard view of HMS Battler (D18) underway on 30 December 1944, ferrying F4U Corsair fighters and TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers. The ship is painted in G45 Admiralty Standard Camouflage Scheme with a B20 Panel.

(Thanks to Mike Green.)

IWM

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