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BLOCK ISLAND   (ACV-8)  /  HMS HUNTER   (D80)
(later CVE-8)



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943-1944 — Salerno 1943 — South France 1944 — Aegean 1944 — Burma 1945 — Malaya 1945

Attacker (US Bogue) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 15 May 1941 22 May 1942 9 Jan 1943 29 Dec 1945 26 Feb 1946
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss.

Specifications
(As converted, 1943)
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: 12+
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult (H 2); 9 arresting wires and 3 barriers
Crew: 646

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HMS Hunter (D80)
CVE-8 Block Island/HMS Hunter
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88k HMS Hunter (D80). Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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HMS Hunter (D80) at anchor at Greenock, Scotland shortly after commissioning. Another escort carrier can be seen in the distance. Photo taken by Lt S. J. Beadell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 17690 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
CVE-8 Block Island/HMS Hunter
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A Supermarine Seafire L.Mk.IIC of No. 807 Sqd. being watched by a crowd of "goofers" as it is taken down to the hangar of the escort aircraft carrier HMS Hunter (D80), date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Rick Harding Collection.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
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A Supermarine Seafire L.Mk.IIC (LR642) of No. 807 Sqd ends up in a most undignified position opposite Hunter's island. Close study of this picture reveals that the hook had failed to lower, which indicates that the pilot has actually made a good landing on such a short deck. Photo courtesy Rick Harding Collection.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
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A Supermarine Seafire LR.Mk.IIC of No. 807 Sqd that has crash-landed on HMS Hunter's deck. Damage appears to have been restricted to the engine and propeller but the centreline fuel tank has been torn away form its mounting. Photo courtesy Rick Harding Collection.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
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49k Water level image showing her multi level anti-aircraft protection. Seen here at the flight deck level as well as in bulges added to her hull. IWM
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HMS Hunter (D80) underway, date and location unknown. Pennant number obscured by the censor.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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Port side view of HMS Hunter (D80), ex-HMS Trailer, ex-USS Block Island (CVE-8) at anchor, circa 1943, location unknown. Photo RN, Official.

Photo and text from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1943–44 edition.

Robert Hurst
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Starboard side view of HMS Hunter (D80), ex-HMS Trailer, ex-USS Block Island (CVE-8) at anchor, circa 1943, location unknown. Note Supermarine Walrus amphibian on the flight deck, aft of the bridge. Photo RN, Official.

Photo and text from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1943–44 edition.

Robert Hurst
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HMS Trailer, ex-USS Block Island (ACV-8), later HMS Hunter (D80), location unknown, 14 January 1943. (U.S.) Division of Naval Intelligence, Identification and Characteristics Section, June 1943.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-6/HMS Battler
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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
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HMS Hunter (D80) underway, 25 June 1944.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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A Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.III of No. 807 Sqd is pictured from the flight deck catwalk of HMS Hunter as it leaves for another patrol[, 1944–45]. Photo courtesy of Rick Harding Collection.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
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A Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.III of No.807 Sqd (with debris from its recent dramatic landing scattered around) settles in the classic nose-over pose seen aboard many a escort carrier. Wisely the crew of HMS Hunter are staying clear until the drama is completed. Note the SEAC (South East Asia Command) roundel adopted for service with the British Eastern Fleet. Photo courtesy of Rick Harding Collection.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
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Guests posed in front of a Fleet Air Arm Supermarine Seafire LF.Mk.III of No.807 Squadron, aboard HMS Hunter (D80). The image was taken in March 1945, after Hunter had been reunited with No. 807 Squadron at HMS Glebe (Alexandria's pre-war civil airport) and was transiting the Suez Canal to join the British Far East Fleet. Note King Farouk of Egypt (front centre) and senior Egyptian Naval Officers who visited the ship. Imperial War Museums photo # A28114.

From Carrier Combat, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
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Three photos of HMS Hunter (D80), ex-Block Island (CVE-8), apparently taken while transiting the Suez Canal, and probably in October 1945.

David Russell
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49k HMS Hunter and HMS Empress entering Singapore harbour after the Japanese surrender (September 1945). Note aircraft and ship's company lined up on the flight deck. Two cruisers of the Eastern Fleet are also in harbour. Robert Hurst
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The escort aircraft carrier HMS Hunter (D80, ex-USS Block Island, CVE-8), foreground prepares to anchor off Singapore[, September 1945]. The leading aircraft Seafire F.Mk.III (NN300), D-5O, is that of Lt. Cdr. Baldwin. Its camouflage paint has been removed and the aircraft now has silver finish with black SEAC [South East Asia Command] recognition bands and anti-dazzle panel. HMS Stalker (D91, ex-USS Hamlin, CVE-15) can be seen in the background. Photo FAAM Yeovilton.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
Commercial Service
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52k SS Almdyk, Holland America Line, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
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41k SS Almdyk, Holland America Line, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
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64k Holland America Line Almdyk taking on cargo for the Far East. Bremerhaven, March 1965. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

For more information and photos of this ship, see:

Read the Block Island (ACV-8 / CVE-8)  /  HMS Hunter (D80) DANFS History entry

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