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PRINCE WILLIAM (ACV-19)  /  HMS STRIKER
(later CVE-19)

HMS Striker, ship's badge
Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943-1944 — Arctic 1944 — Norway 1944 — Okinawa 1945

CLASS - BOGUE
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 495' 8" (oa) x 69' 6" x 26' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/51 4 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 28 Aircraft.
Machinery, 8,500 SHP; Allis-Chambers, Geared Turbines, 1 screw
Speed, 17.5 Knots, Crew 890.
FATE
Stricken, 28 March 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-714, p. 12).

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Western Pipe & Steel Co. (builder's) trials, San Francisco bay, May 1943.

From the collection of C.P.O. Richard Webb
via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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HMS Striker, ex-Prince William (ACV-19), seen 45° off centerline off San Francisco, Calif., May 20, 1943.

Mare Island Naval Ship Yard Ship Files, U.S. National Archives, San Francisco (MINY photo #3773-43).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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HMS Striker, with 40-mm Bofors fitted at the stern and in the forward deck-edge gun tubs. The HF/DF mast is prominent before the bridge. 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
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An undated photo of a Fairey Swordfish of No. 824 Squadron aboard the escort carrier HMS Striker preparing for an anti-submarine patrol, location unknown. This photo gives a good idea of the restricted deck area of a wartime escort carrier. Photo Imperial War Museum.

Photo and text from British Naval Aircraft Since 1912, by Owen Thetford.

Robert Hurst
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An irreparably damaged Swordfish being unceremoniously consigned to the "oggin"—after having been stripped of all useful components for spares. This "burial at sea" was conducted aboard the escort carrier HMS Striker. Photo Les Sayer Collection.

Photos and text from Swordfish: From The Cockpit, by Donald Payne.

Robert Hurst
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A Fairey Swordfish badly damaged after a crash landing aboard the escort carrier HMS Striker is cannibalized for any thing useful before being shoved overboard, circa 1944, location unknown. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 23320 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
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A No. 824 Squadron Swordfish Mk II that came to grief after "doing the splits" on board the escort carrier HMS Striker, April 1944. The aircraft cannot, unfortunately, be positively identified, but it carries an interesting emblem, apparently depicting a mouse jumping over the nose of a cat, on the engine panelling. Photo Ad Hoc Publications.

Photo and text from Swordfish: From The Cockpit, by Donald Payne.

Robert Hurst
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As seen from HMS Pursuer (D73), HMS Striker (D12), HMS Searcher (D40) in heavy seas off the Norwegian northern coast in April 1944.

Source: Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection by Davies, F.A (Lt), Photo No. © IWM(A 23066).

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A Fairey Swordfish Mk II of No. 824 Squadron Fleet Air Arm takes off from the escort carrier HMS Striker during an anti-submarine sweep, June 1944. Photo taken by Lt. F.A. Davies, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo ID: A 24499 from the photographic collections of the Imperial War Museum.

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Sub-Lieutenant E.C. Godden in Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc, NF674 'R' flies into the barrier after failing to catch a wire, June 7, 1944.

From the collection of C.P.O. Richard Webb
via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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Sub-Lieutenant P.A. Clark in Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc, NF694 'U' Uniform, flies into the barrier after failing to catch a wire, June 13, 1944.

From the collection of C.P.O. Richard Webb
via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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HMS Striker underway in the North Atlantic circa summer 1944. Striker operated in Northern waters between April and October on convoy protection duties.

From the collection of C.P.O. Richard Webb
via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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Shown here is HMS Striker as seen from the British-built escort carrier HMS Vindex during Operation Victual, the passage of Convoy JW59 to Russia, August 1944.

Robert Hurst
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Escort carriers HMS Striker and HMS Vindex astern as seen from the battleship Arkhangel'sk (ex-HMS Royal Sovereign) while en route to Murmansk, Russia. Photo navsource.narod.ru.

Photo and text from Battleships at War: HMS Royal Sovereign and her Sister Ships, by Peter C. Smith.

Robert Hurst
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A Fairey Swordfish Mk II of No 824 Squadron on her nose after a "prang" on board the escort carrier HMS Striker, in August 1944. Photo courtesy Philip Jarrett.

Photo and text from Swordfish: From The Cockpit, by Donald Payne.

Robert Hurst
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HMS Fencer (ex-USS Croatan), left, is painted "as delivered," but HMS Striker (ex-Prince William) has the "false hull" scheme already applied. Both ships have arrived in Australia direct from the U.K. to join the British Pacific Fleet (BPF), early 1945.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers

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