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(BAVG-1)  /  HMS ARCHER (D78)


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Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943

Archer (similar to US Long Island) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 7 Jun 1939 14 Dec 1939 17 Nov 1941 8 Jan 1946 26 Feb 1946
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, Pa.

Specifications
(As converted, 1941)
Displacement: 9,000 tons standard; 15,700 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 465' x 69.5' x 26.33'  /  141.7 x 21.2 x 8 meters
Dimensions (max.): 492' x 102'  /  150 x 31.1 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 4 Busch-Sulzer diesels (7-cylinder); 1 shaft; 8,500 bhp
Speed: 16 knots
Endurance: 14,550 nautical miles @ 10 knots
Armament: 3 single 4"/50 gun mounts; 4(?) twin and 7(?) single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 15
Aviation facilities: 1 elevator; 1 hydraulic catapult (H 2); 9 arresting wires and 3 barriers
Crew: 555

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BAVG-1, HMS Archer
NS030100109
109k

"Second of the CVE's, this C-3 [Mormacland] was to become famous as the British HMS Archer. Her planes sank the U-752 in the Atlantic on May 23, 1943, to make her the first "Baby Flattop" credited with a sub kill without assistance from other ships."

Ron Reeves
Archer class
NS030100108
292k

Archer-class. From ONI 201, "Warships and Landing Craft of the British Commonwealth," Division of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, 1 July 1943. Condensed and printed for FM 30-50, NAVAER 00-80V-57.

Photos show HMS Archer, HMS Biter and HMS Dasher.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Archer class
NS030100108a
278k

Archer-class. From ONI 201, "Warships and Landing Craft of the British Commonwealth," Division of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, 1 July 1943. Condensed and printed for FM 30-50, NAVAER 00-80V-57.

Charger and Long Island
NS0303014
368k

Charger & Long Island-class . From U.S. Naval Ships & Aircraft (ONI 54-R), condensed and printed for FM 30-50, NAVAER 00-80V-57 (Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels). Supplement 4 - 4 August 1943.

Photos show HMS Archer, HMS Biter and USS Charger.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Charger and Long Island
NS0303014a
341k

As above. Top photos show USS Charger (BAVG-4/AVG/ACV/CVE-30). Bottom photos show USS Long Island (AVG/AVC/CVE-1).

BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100101
183k

HMS Archer underway in 1943, with Swordfish of 819 Squadron and Martlets (US Wildcats) of 892 Squadron on deck.

Robert Hurst
BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100102
64k Undated image showing Archer from the stern angle. IWM
BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100103
36k Port view of Archer showing her camouflage paint, place unknown. Early 1943 (thanks to Robert Hurst). Hazegray & Underway
BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100104
51k Another port view of Archer; date and place unknown. Robert Hurst
BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100105
108k HMS Archer as seen from the rear cockpit of one of her Swordfish strike aircraft, that has just taken off. Note another Swordfish is about to leave her flight deck. Robert Hurst
BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100106
206k HMS Archer. Starboard view. Date and place unknown. Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
BAVG-1 HMS Archer
NS030100107
203k HMS Archer. Port bow view. Date and place unknown. Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers

BAVG-1  /  HMS Archer (D78) History
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