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Battle Honours

East Indies 1944 — Burma 1945
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.
Stricken, 7 February 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-316, p. 14).

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Jamaica (CVE-43)/HMS Shah

HMS Shah. Date and place unknown.

Haze Gray & Underway
Jamaica (CVE-43)/HMS Shah

HMS Shah (D21), ex-Jamaica (CVE-43), date and location unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Jamaica (CVE-43)/HMS Shah

Overhead view of HMS Shah (D21), formerly Jamaica (CVE-43), moored at San Francisco in January 1944. The ship is ready to ferry a deck load of 29 Wildcats, 12 Avengers and 22 Curtiss Warhawks (P-40) to Melbourne, Australia, Cohin, India and Colombo, Ceylon. The CVE painted in camouflage Measure 21, moored on the opposite side of the pier, is sometimes identified as USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81), but this is highly questionable given the date of the photo. A more likely candidate is USS Prince William (CVE-31).

Photo source unknown.

Mike Green
Jamaica (CVE-43)/HMS Shah

HMS Shah ferrying aircraft, possibly in January 1944, en route to Melbourne from San Francisco.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Jamaica (CVE-43)/HMS Shah

HMS Shah, ex-Jamaica, at Cochin, India, after unloading aircraft, late February–early March 1944.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
HMS Emperor + HMS Shah

One of HMS Shah's Grumman Avengers gets airborne from the flight deck of HMS Emperor, May 1945, during the British East Indies Fleet hunt for the Japanese heavy cruiser HIMJS Haguro (Shah's catapult was defective). Because of the range, they were carrying no torpedoes, nor could they be supported by Hellcat fighters. Fleet Air Arm photo. Imperial War Museum photo.

Robert Hurst

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JAMAICA (CVE-43) / HMS SHAH (D21) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
HMS Shah, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, by Tony Drury.

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