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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Victor - Whiskey

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.

Operational and Building Data

Initially named Dolomi Bay; renamed 3 April 1943.
Fate: Stricken, 17 April 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-846, p. 21).

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CVE-65 Wake Island
48k Small, port side view taken on November 9, 1944. USN
CVE-65 Wake Island

USS Wake Island (CVE-65) underway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 9 November 1944. Photographed from a plane based at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106569).

Robert Hurst
CVE-65 Wake Island

USS Wake Island (CVE-65) underway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 9 November 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-289882).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVE-65 Wake Island

The escort carrier USS Wake Island (CVE-65) underway on 9 November 1944. Note the HF/DF mast for North Atlantic ASW and the flat hangar deck, indicated by the straight line of the outboard sponsons. The prominent hangar-deck sponsons were used primarily for refueling at sea, CVEs carrying substantial loads of cargo oil for destroyers and destroyer escorts. USN photo.

Photo and text from U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
CVE-65 Wake Island

Starboard side view. Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn).

Tommy Trampp
CVE-65 Wake Island
56k Thanksgiving Day dinner menu, Thursday, November 25, 1943. USN
CVE-65 Wake Island

USS Wake Island (CVE-65) underway, in a photo dated 24 June 1945. The escort aircraft carrier had been detached "from TG 32.1 due to battle damage received on 3 April [(kamikaze)] and a subsequent finding by the Bureau of Ships that 'pending yardwork, this vessel is considered unsafe for operations in a forward area.' She headed for Guam and conducted firing practices and launched LASP sorties en route. Upon her arrival at Port Apra on 24 June, all personnel of squadron VOC-1 were transferred to Naval Air Base, Agana." (Quoted from DANFS.)

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.034.016. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green

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USS WAKE ISLAND (CVE-65) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Ronald E Paul
Address:1036 S Vassauilt St Tacoma, WA, 98465-2016
Phone: 253-565-5018
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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