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(BAVG-5)  /  HMS DASHER (D37)


Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1942 — North Africa 1942 — Arctic 1943

Archer (similar to US Long Island) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 14 Mar 1940 12 Apr 1941 2 Jul 1942    
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, Pa.

Fate: Sunk in the Clyde, off Arran, following a massive, accidental aviation fuel explosion, 27 March 1943. She sank in only 3 minutes and left only 149 survivors. The explosion was deemed to be due to the inadequate protection provided for avgas tanks in this class. All subsequent CVEs allocated to the RN were modified to British standards, with a consequent reduction of about 50% in the quantity of aviation fuel carried.


Specifications
(As converted, 1942)
Displacement: 8,200 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: 2 Doxford diesels (6-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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HMS Dasher
NS030100507
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"Launching Rio de Janeiro, April 12, 1941 — Chester, Pa., Moore-McCormack Lines, 5 Broadway — New York, N.Y."

Tommy Trampp
HMS Dasher
NS030100507a
158k
HMS Dasher
NS030100504
142k

On final approach. HMS Dasher (D37). Date and location unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
HMS Dasher
NS030100501
93k

HMS Dasher (D37) underway in 1942, showing her single lift. The port-side catapult can just be made out forward on the camouflaged flight deck. Note the single US-pattern 4"/50 gun at the stern. Two Swordfish Mk.II strike aircraft with wings folded can be seen parked forward. U.S. National Archives photo.

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

Robert Hurst
HMS Dasher
NS030100503
96k

HMS Dasher at Hvalfjord, Iceland in February 1943 with convoy JW53. The photo was taken from the deck of the cruiser HMS Belfast.

Collection of Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Vallely RNVR, via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
HMS Dasher
NS030100505
86k

HMS Dasher underway in February 1943 with convoy JW53. Both this picture and the one above were taken on the first two days of the convoy. The photo was taken from the deck of the cruiser HMS Belfast.

Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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.

BAVG-5 / HMS Dasher
NS030100502
43k

Escort carrier HMS Dasher (D37) underway at sea during northern convoy duty, 14 February–March 1943. Photo taken by Lieutenant J.A. Hampton, Royal Navy official photographer. IWM photo # A 15348.

Robert Hurst

BAVG-5  /  HMS Dasher (D37) History
This vessel was not listed in DANFS.
To read another vessel's entry visit DANFS Index
(Located on the Naval History & Heritage Command website)

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
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Contact: Mr Ron Marston,
Secretary, HMS Dasher (1943) Association
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E-mail: hmsdasher(1943)association@tesco.net
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Remarks: The HMS Dasher (1943) Association exists to remember the 379 lives that were lost when HMS Dasher blew up off the Isle of Arran. We meet each year on the anniversary (27th March) of the sinking.

Related Links
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
HMS Dasher, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, by Tony Drury.

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