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CHATHAM (CVE-32)  /  HMS SLINGER


Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

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, 12 April 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-845, p. 20). 1947: Sold for commercial service. 1948: Converted to cargo ship, renamed Robin Mowbray (US flag). February 1970: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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Chatham  /  HMS Slinger
Chatham / HMS Slinger
NS0303204
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"Somewhere in the Pacific off Seattle, September 1943, carrying out work up and sea trials."

"An inauspicious start — the first aircraft to land on the ship snaps the arrester wire! There is no barrier rigged and the Avenger attempts to recover flying speed as she goes off the bow. Failing to gain enough speed the aircraft ditches. All crew are recovered safely. Unable to recover the Avenger ditches and is overtaken by the ship — the end of the broken arrester wire can clearly be seen. The severed cable whipped across the deck striking an Oerlikon Gunner, Able Seaman Jack Hill, who suffered serious head injuries and an almost severed ear. It is a wonder no other casualties occurred since both catwalks can be seen to be packed with officers and men observing the trials. The event is captured in this sequence of three photos."

The plane is definitely a British Avenger but it is not know what Squadron it belonged to nor where did it come from.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Chatham / HMS Slinger
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Chatham / HMS Slinger
NS0303204b
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Chatham / HMS Slinger
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HMS Slinger underway circa October 1943, location unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Chatham / HMS Slinger
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The Corsairs of 1845 Squadron working-up in the Clyde, December 1944.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Chatham / HMS Slinger
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Chatham / HMS Slinger
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HMS Slinger (D26)—ex-USN Chatham (CVE-32)— as seen from one of her aircraft while underway at sea, December 1944, location unknown. Photo by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Imperial War Museum, Photo No: A 26909.

Robert Hurst
Chatham / HMS Slinger
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HMS Slinger and 1845 Squadron depart for Schofields N.S.W., April 1945.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Chatham / HMS Slinger
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HMS Slinger at anchor in Sydney, July 1945, wearing her auxiliary pennant number A452.

Courtesy of David Yates, grandson of Able Seaman Herbert Wilkinson; via Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Chatham / HMS Slinger
NS0303208
137k

HMS Slinger pierside at Sydney, November 1945.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Commercial Service
ex-CVE-32
NS0303202
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The US-flagged Robin Mowbray, ex-HMS Slinger, unloading cargo in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, August 1966.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
ex-CVE-32
NS0303203
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Robin Mowbray, Bremerhaven, Germany, August 1966.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Read the CHATHAM (CVE-32) / HMS SLINGER (D26 / R313 / A452) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Annual reunions are held in Chester, UK, each June.
Contact Name: John Lawson
Address: none given
Phone: none given
E-mail: John Lawson jpl@lawson.karoo.co.uk

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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