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USS CASABLANCA   (ACV-55)
(later CVE-55)

(Ex-ALAZON BAY; Ex-AMEER)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - X-ray - Mike - Oscar

CLASS - CASABLANCA
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

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"VANCOUVER, WASH.—KAISER'S FIRST CARRIER—Shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser's first aircraft carrier, the Alazon Bay, which will be christened by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at the launching of the ship here April 5."

A.P. Wirephoto, from The Evening Star, Washington, 31 March 1943.

Ron Reeves
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Alazon Bay, formerly Ameer, later Casablanca, was sponsored by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 9; April 7, 1944; page 4.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
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Alazon Bay, formerly Ameer, later Casablanca, was launched on Monday, 5 April 1943.

Photo from Navy Yearbook, ed. by Phillip Andrews and Leonard Engel; Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944.

Derick S. Hartshorn
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"Launching of the—U.S.S. Alazon Bay [later Casablanca]—April 5, 1943—Kaiser Company, Inc. Vancouver, Washington"

Ron Reeves
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"USS Casablanca. Built by Kaiser Co. Inc., Vancouver"

Ron Reeves
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USS Casablanca (ACV-55) in the Puget Sound, Washington area circa July 1943, at about the time she was commissioned. Note that radar antennas have been deleted from this photo due to wartime censorship. The photo was released for publication on 30 November 1943.

Also known as the "Kaiser" carriers for their builder, (Henry J.) Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., the Casablanca-class formed the bulk of the wartime CVE force.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106580).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst.

Larger copy submitted by Steve Benoist, grandson of Emile Charles Benoist.
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USS Casablanca underway circa 1943, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
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A Navy blimp escorts USS Casablanca (CVE-55), 8 August 1943.

Photo by CPhoM C.W. Overhulser.

Tommy Trampp
Larger copy submitted by Ron Reeves
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USS Casablanca (CVE-55) camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A, circa 1944, location unknown. US Navy photo.

David Buell
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USS Casablanca (CVE-55), first of her class and the first escort carrier designed and built as such, was placed in commission at Astoria, Ore., 8 July 1943. CAPT S.W. Callaway commanding. The ship was sold 23 April 1947. National Archives photo # 80-G-320296, 2 March 1945.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Liberty party returns to USS Casablanca (CVE-55) from Rara Islet (aka Rara Island), Manus, Papua, New Guinea, 19 April 1945. Photo by PhoM1/c R.W. Mowday.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Some crew members holding up a paper with the headlines "Japs Quit!".

Pamela Gray, daughter of John F. O'Neill, USS Casablanca
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USS Casablanca (CVE-55) underway in October 1945, location unknown. Note that she is fitted with SC-2 radar (USN).

Robert Hurst
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Believed to have been taken circa 1946-1947.

Ivor Jefferys
Memorabilia
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Shellback Certificate for ENS A.R. Marschall, USN. September 2, 1944.

Signed by the ship's commanding officer, CAPT Steven W. Callaway.

CDR Michael Cosgrove (Ret.),
nephew of RADM Albert R. Marschall
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For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS CASABLANCA CVE-55 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Milton H Rowe
Address:214 Deerfield Rd Camp Hill, PA, 17011-8435
Phone: 717-761-8526
E-mail: None

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
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