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(later CVU-59)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - X-ray - Uniform - Delta

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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World War II
CVE-59 Mission Bay

U.S. Navy photo of USS Mission Bay (CVE-59), taken in late 1943 or early 1944.

David Buell
CVE-59 Mission Bay

USS Mission Bay (CVE-59) in port. Camouflage scheme and flags flying at half mast hint that this photo was taken between 28–30 April 1944 (Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox died on 28 April). Mission Bay and sister ship USS Wake Island (CVE-65) were in port, Bahia, Brazil, 27–30 April 1944, on her way back from Karachi, Pakistan, where they had delivered a load of Army planes and personnel.

David Buell
CVE-59 Mission Bay

"[Mission Bay entered] the New York channel the 17th [June 1944]. That same day she collided with a dredge and had to continue on to Portsmouth for repairs, mooring 22 June." (Quoted from DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.)

This photo is believed to have been taken on her way to Portsmouth.

Robert M. Cieri
CVE-59 Mission Bay

USS Mission Bay operated primarily as an ASW carrier in the Atlantic. She is shown on 10 August 1944, off the East Coast, wearing Measure 32 Design 4A camouflage. Note Hellcats on deck and the large SK air search radar antenna on the mast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106582).

Robert Hurst
CVE-59 Mission Bay

Several WAVES examine a 20mm anti-aircraft machine gun, while visiting USS Mission Bay (CVE-59) on 20 August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-364459).

Courtesy of Scott Koen &
CVE-59 Mission Bay

Visiting WAVES examine aircraft propellers while they tour USS Mission Bay (CVE-59), 20 August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-364466).

Courtesy of Scott Koen &
CVE-59 Mission Bay

WAVES visit USS Mission Bay (CVE-59), 20 August 1944. In this view, they are receiving a tour of the ship's pilothouse from two of her crewmen.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-364476).

Courtesy of Scott Koen &
CVE-59 Mission Bay
17k US Naval Base Argentia, Newfoundland, sometime in 1944-1945. Wayne Young
CVE-59 Mission Bay

USS Mission Bay (CVE-59) underway, location and date unknown (probably 1945.) Note the lighter color island, compared to the Measure 21 hull up to the flight deck. Several CVE's wore this modified scheme in 1945.

US Navy photo, via US Naval Institute.

David Buell
CVE-59 Mission Bay

Charles Parkhurst was an Aerial Photographer aboard the first USS Hornet (CV-8) up to her sinking, then aboard USS Baffins (CVE-35), and finally aboard USS Mision Bay (CVE-59), where these two photos from his collection would have been taken.

(Special thanks to Robert M. Cieri, who scanned the original photographs.)

Dick Thurmond, grandnephew of Charles Parkhurst
CVE-59 Mission Bay
Ex-USS Mission Bay
CVE-59 Mission Bay

"Ex-Navy Carriers [Guadalcanal and Mission Bay] May Go To Japan for Breaking Up."

Ron Reeves
CVE-59 Mission Bay

Stripped and powerless, the veteran WWII escort carriers Guadalcanal and Mission Bay take a last voyage to a Japanese scrapyard under the charge of the Dutch tug Elbe.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung

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. Wallace M Cooper
Address:None Listed
Phone: 650-726-3422
E-mail: None

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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