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USS PYBUS (ACV-34)  /  HMS EMPEROR



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943–44 — Norway 1944 — Normandy 1944 — South France 1944 — Aegean 1944 — Malaya 1945 — Burma 1945 — East Indies 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. 13).

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HMS Emperor
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258k HMS Emperor was outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Provided fighter cover for a strike on German battleship Tirpitz; served as an ASW patrol ship at Normandy and supported invasion of southern France before transferring to the Pacific. Maureen Ross
HMS Emperor
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Undated image of the escort carrier HMS Emperor at anchor, at Greenock, Scotland. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # FL 11445 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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HMS Emperor (D98) at anchor, Greenock, Scotland, 10 January 1943. Photo taken by Lt. S.J. Beadell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo ID A21343 from the offical collections of the Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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HMS Emperor (D98)—ex-USS Pybus (ACV-34)—underway in the Atlantic, circa 1944, heading for England, with her decks loaded with Grumman Hellcats.

Photo and text from 100 Years of British Naval Aviation, by Christopher Shores.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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Fleet Air Arm Hellcat pilots of the escort carrier HMS Emperor (D98) studying a model of the German battleship KMS Tirpitz and her hide-out in Alten Fjord on the flight deck, just before the Operation Tungsten attack, which left the Tirpitz blazing, began, April 1944. Two of their aircraft can be seen in the distance. Photo taken by Lt. H.A. Mason, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 22651 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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A Grumman Hellcat, the first aircraft in the fighter escort, begins her take-off run from the deck of HMS Emperor (D98), during Operation Tungsten, the attack on the battleship KMS Tirpitz, Kaafjord, Norway, on 3 April 1944. Photo Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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Three Fairey Barracuda TBR Mk.IIs photographed from the deck of HMS Emperor, return from the second strike in Operation Tungsten, the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz, 3 April 1944. The carrier in the background is HMS Victorious. Photo Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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Grumman Hellcats on the flight deck of HMS Emperor (D98), foregound, 4 April 1944. In the background are other HM ships of the British Home Fleet: the nearest to Emperor is the fleet aircraft carrier HMS Furious (47), followed by the escort carriers HMS Searcher (D40) and HMS Pursuer (D73) and the light cruiser HMS Jamaica (44). The previous day they had taken part in the attack on the German battleship KMS Tirpitz in Alten Fjord which left her blazing. Photo by Lieutenant H A Mason, Royal Navy official photographer. Imperial War Museum photo no: A 22649.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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44k HMS Emperor underway with Hellcats of 800 NAS on deck. One of them is painted with stripes from Operation Dragoon (the invasion of Southern France, August 1944). Haze Gray & Underway
HMS Emperor
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A U.S. Navy Grumman F6F Hellcat assigned to VGF-1 aboard USS Tulagi (CVE-72) launching from the Royal Navy escort carrier HMS Emperor (D98). One of the carrier's own Hellcats of No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, is seen parked forward during the invasion of Southern France, circa August 1944. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo No. A. 25503 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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Destroyer HMS Tuscan and aircraft carrier HMS Emperor seen from either HMS Attacker or HMS Stalker, with either Stalker or Attacker in the background, 14 October 1944. The three escort carriers were part of the strike force for Operation Manna, a series of strikes in the Aegean Sea.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
HMS Emperor
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65k Left to right, the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth, the escort carrier HMS Emperor, and the French battleship Richelieu during Operation Sunfish in the East Indies, April 1945. Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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An FAA Avenger belonging to either No. 845 or No. 851 Squadrons is shown taking off from HMS Emperor. Photo taken in May 1945, during the hunt for the Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro. These two squadrons normally operated from the escort carrier HMS Shah, but on this day Shah's catapult became defective. Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
HMS Emperor
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74k Entering Singapore, September 1945, with 800 Squadron's Hellcats lined up on deck. The cruiser steaming astern is HMS Ceylon, and the French battleship Richelieu is in the background. IWM
HMS Emperor
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258k Trincomalee, 1945. Jack Price, via Carl Berrington
Jeff Bloom
Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
HMS Emperor
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77k Captain of HMS Emperor, Sir Charles Edward Madden, inspecting the crew with Gunnery Warrant Officer Frank Bulley accompanying him (1945). Alfred and Colin Bulley, sons of Gunnery Warrant Officer Frank Bulley
HMS Emperor
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92k Gunnery Warrant Officer Frank Bulley. Alfred and Colin Bulley, sons of Gunnery Warrant Officer Frank Bulley

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USS Pybus (ACV-34 / CVE-34) / HMS Emperor DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Trying to contact anyone who knew twins Eddie and George Pole, Telegraphists on HMS Emperor (D98).
Eddie Pole recently lost his twin brother and would love to know about anyone else.

Please read "Telegraphist A.E. Pole"
and contact Ruth Clinch at ruth.clinch@ntlworld.com.


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