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WINJAH (CVE-54)  /  HMS REAPER


Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1944
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: 1948: Converted to a cargo ship by Gulf SB Co., Mobile, AL, and renamed South Africa Star (British flag). June 1967: Scrapped at Mihara, Japan.

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HMS Reaper (D82 / D324)
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper
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HMS Reaper. Date and place unknown.

Haze Gray & Underway
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper
NS0305410
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HMS Reaper (D82) ferrying aircraft, date and location unknown. Photograph received on 14 October 1944, now in the collections of the National Archives (#80-G-285271).

The original caption misidentified the ship as USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82), in all probability because of her hull number. C. Haberlein correctly identified her as HMS Reaper in October 1967.

NARA
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper
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HMS Reaper (D82) underway off Hampton Roads, VA., with a deck load of Corsairs for delivery to the Fleet Air Arm. Note that the pennant superior letter has been dropped and the US-style number only has been adopted. Photo from unknown source.

Photo taken from British carrier Aviation: The Evolution of the Ships and their Aircraft, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper
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HMS Reaper (D82), ex-Winjah (CVE-54), moored at Greenock, Scotland, 21 September 1944. Photo by Royal Navy official photographer Lieutenant R.G.G. Coote. Imperial War Museum. Photo no. A 25715.

Robert Hurst
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper [?]
NS0305405
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This photo was taken from USS Brough (DE-148). Although it has not been possible to positively identify the CVE alongside, her camouflage scheme and Brough's operational history suggest that she might be HMS Reaper, in the Atlantic Ocean, en route to San Diego via Panama, January 14, 1945.

(Thanks to Neil White; Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers; and John Adriani, USS Brough historian, for their help in researching this photo.)

Photo from the Judson Goodrich Collection.

Submitted by John N. Adriani Sr.

Reference: USS Brough DE-148 History Booklet.
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper
NS0305404
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HMS Reaper paying off, May 1946.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Winjah (CVE-54)/HMS Reaper
NS0305409
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HMS Reaper bell, 1944, cast iron, brass hardware 7lb.

Tommy Trampp
Commercial Service
South Africa Star
NS0305403
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Ex-Winjah (CVE-54), ex-HMS Reaper, as South Africa Star, date and location unknown.

Ex-Winjah was purchased in 1948 by Blue Star Line Ltd. and converted to a cargo liner by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Mobile, Alabama. In 1967 she was sold to Nichimen Jitsugyo K.K., Japan, for scrapping.

Photo by Alex Duncan. Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

© Ships in Focus. Used with permission
South Africa Star
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Ex-Winjah (CVE-54), ex-HMS Reaper, as South Africa Star (British flag), leaving Bremen, Germany, July 1965.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Read the Winjah (CVE-54) / HMS Reaper (D82/D324) DANFS History entry

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