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BASTIAN (CVE-37)  /  HMS TRUMPETER



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943–44 — Arctic 1944 — Norway 1944–45
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.

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HMS Trumpeter officers at Portland, Oregon, July 1943.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, comments: "The senior officer far left is Capt. K.S. Colquhoun RN commanding officer HMS Trumpeter[, May 1943–May 1945]. I suspect there may be someone more senior in the center but the flash has obscured his rank. I wonder why the ratings have their caps off?"

Chris Oldroyd
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The escort aircraft carrier HMS Trumpeter (D09), ex-Bastian (CVE-37) at rest in the Atlantic, September 1943. Photo by an unknown Royal Navy official photographer.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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78k HMS Trumpeter underway, October 6, 1943, the day she arrived in Norfolk Navy Yard to embark Squadrons 848 (Avenger), 1831 and 1833 (Corsair) for passage to the UK. Robert Hurst
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74k At sea, launching aircraft. IWM
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HMS Trumpeter (D09), ex-U.S. Bastian (CVE-37), at anchor, location and date unknown.

Gerhard L. Mueller‑Debus
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A Royal Navy Grumman Avenger Mk.I of No.846 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm lands on the escort carrier HMS Trumpeter (D09), circa 1944. Note the carrier's SK-1 radar. Photo taken by an unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 24282 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
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Wildcat Mk Vs and Avengers of 846 Sqd. aboard HMS Trumpeter off the Norwegian coast in summer 1944. Note invasion stripes, indicating that the image was taken in mid-summer 1944, after the beginning of the D-Day landings.

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

Robert Hurst
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92k Winter in the Barents Sea. HMS Trumpeter thinks she is a submarine. Robert Hurst
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87k The flight deck of HMS Trumpeter looks inviting to her Avengers returning from a strike in Norwegian waters. Robert Hurst
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A Grumman Avenger ("G") of No. 846 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, returning to HMS Trumpeter, 14 October 1944 (Operation Lycidas, minelaying off Haarhamsfjord, Lepsorev, Ramsoysund, and a strike on shipping at Frohavet—Norway—in company with HMS Fencer). The members of crew can be clearly seen in the cockpit.

Robert Hurst
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HMS Trumpeter (ex-Bastian, CVE-37) refueling the Flower-class corvette HMS Honeysuckle (K27) in a very icy Kola Inlet (IWM-A28203).

From Sacrifice for Stalin, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
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A motor-boat from HMS Trumpeter (D09) working its way through the ice after the carrier's arrival at the Kola Inlet, Russia, March 1945. Trumpeter had been a part of the escort for convoy JW65. Photo taken by an unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 28206 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
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Operation Judgement, May 4, 1945, an attack on the U-boat base at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway. This proved to be the last offensive operation by the Home Fleet, as the war in Europe ended just a few days later.

The main targets of the attack are, in fact, hidden behind water columns and smoke in the center of the photo. They were the depot ship Black Watch and the Type VIIC submarine U-711 — they were both sunk. The ship visible in the center of the pic is in all probability the motor vessel Senja, also sunk in this attack but raised and repaired after the war. U-711 was the last U-boat sunk by the Fleet Air Arm in WW2. Note, on the lower left corner, part of the wing of an attacking aircraft; the ship visible just above and forward of the wing tip is the old Norwegian coastal defense ship Harald Hårfrage (commissioned in 1897), then in German hands and converted into a floating anti-aircraft battery — she was not considered a worthy target.

Operation Judgement was a repetition of Operation Newmarket (April 1945), intended to destroy the depot and store ships used to support the U-boat attacks on the convoys to North Russia, but cancelled because weather prevented aircraft from taking off. In May, however, the weather was perfect (as can be deduced from the photo) and the attack was carried out by Avenger torpedo-bombers and Wildcat fighters from Squadrons 846 (HMS Trumpeter, Capt. K. S. Colquhoun), 853 (HMS Queen, Capt. K. J. D'Arcy), and 882 (HMS Searcher, Capt. J. W. Grant).

John Pine explains: "I discovered this picture amongst family papers. It was in a big brown envelope addressed to "C in C H F" (Admiral [Sir Henry R.] Moore). My father was in charge of his staff. On the back of the photograph is typed 'Photographic Section H.M.S. Trumpeter'."

John Pine
Commercial Service
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136k Ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, as Alblasserdyk (Dutch flag), shortly after being acquired from the US Government. At that time she was owned by "Holland America Line," Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Original photo courtesy "Holland America Line." Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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49k Ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, as Alblasserdyk (Dutch flag), date and location unknown. Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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113k Ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, as Alblasserdyk (Dutch flag), date and location unknown. Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Alblasserdyk (Dutch flag), ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, departing Rotterdam, The Netherlands, date unknown.

Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, as Alblasserdyk (Dutch flag), in the port of Bremen, Germany, in the late 1950s.

Postcard photo. Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Alblasserdyk, ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, working cargo in her home port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, circa 1962.

This photograph was included in a photo calendar issued in the early 60s by her owner, famous former Dutch steamship company Holland-America Lijn. The company ceased to exist in the early 70s.

Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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93k Ex-Bastian, ex-HMS Trumpeter, as Alblasserdyk (Dutch flag) on the River Weser, Germany, January 1965. This vessel was sold to Greek buyers in 1966 and renamed Irene Valmas. She was scrapped in Castellón, Spain in 1966. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Read the Bastian (CVE-37) / HMS Trumpeter (D09) DANFS History entry

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
"A History of HMS Trumpeter" by Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers

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