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USS WHITE PLAINS   (CVE-66)
(later CVU-66)



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

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.

Operational and Building Data

Laid down as Elbour Bay (ACV-66), MC hull 1103, by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington, 11 Feb 1943. Renamed White Plains, 3 Apr 1943; redesignated CVE-66, 15 July 1943. Launched 27 Sep 1943; commissioned 15 Nov 1943.

Decommissioned 10 Jul 1946. Reclassified as an "Utility Aircraft Carrier" and redesignated CVU-66, 12 Jun 1955, while in reserve.

Fate: Sold to Hyman Michaels Co., of Chicago, Ill.,(Government Agent Actuary, GAA) for scrapping, 29 July 1958. Scrapped by Boston Metals at Baltimore, Md., 1959. (Thanks to Ron Reeves.)


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CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306605
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White Plains (CVE-66) at San Diego, 8 March 1944, with Wildcat fighters and Avenger torpedo bombers on her deck. She is followed by a Fletcher-class destroyer in the pattern camouflage widely used in the Pacific during 1944. National Archives photo # 80-G-381865.

NHC
CVE-66 White Plains
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USS White Plains (CVE-66) in San Diego harbor, California, circa April 1944. She is being assisted by the harbor tug Wenonah (YT-148). White Plains is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (#80-G-302258).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306608
85k

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat fighters from USS White Plains (CVE-66) fly an escort mission, probably during air strikes on Japanese facilities on Rota Island, Marianas, 24 June 1944. Note island in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-384058).

Robert Hurst
CVE-71 Kitkun Bay
NS0307104i
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As seen from USS Kitkun Bay (CVE-71), USS White Plains (CVE-66) has an enemy salvo hitting off her port side on 25 October 1944. Note that White Plains is camouflaged in Measure 33, Design 10A.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.253.7387.016, Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306606b
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Battle of Leyte Gulf, 25 October 1944—The starboard aft battery of 20 mm guns aboard USS White Plains (CVE-66) try to track the fast-moving target, a kamikaze, a near impossibility as it swung across the carrier's stern from starboard to port. The sailor in the center foreground—probably a "yellow shirt" plane director—seems to be undecided which direction is safer. Photo NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) facility College Park, MD.

Partial text from Fire From The Sky, by Robert C. Stern.

Gerd Matthes
Robert Hurst
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306606
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This kamikaze apparently "expected to land on the after end of the flight deck." CAPT Sullivan, White Plains commanding officer, avoided a direct hit by ordering a hard turn to starboard: the plane and its bomb exploded just off the port side of the carrier and caused only minor damage; eleven men were injured, none seriously.

Hugh Stratford, USS White Plains
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306606a
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Same photo as NS0306606, uncropped.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306606c
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Sailor to the right is the same "yellow shirt" seen in NS0306606b. Photo NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) facility College Park, MD.

Photo and text from Fire From The Sky, by Robert C. Stern.

Robert Hurst
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306609
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USS White Plains (CVE-66) transporting aircraft, off the California coast, circa the first half of 1945.

David Buell
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306607
332k Letter from President Truman, sent to all who served and survived. Hugh Stratford, USS White Plains
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306610
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Composite Squadron (VC) 4 patch.

VC-4 was aboard USS White Plains (CVE-66), May–November 1944.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306611
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History of the U.S.S. White Plains CVE-66, 27 September 1943–8 October 1945.

Declassified — Authority: E.O. 13526 — By: NDC   NARA Date: Dec 31, 2012.

Ron Reeves
Ex-USS White Plains
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306602
67k Castle Island, South Boston, 1959. © Richard Leonhardt
CVE-66 White Plains
NS0306603
120k Castle Island, South Boston, 1959. © Richard Leonhardt
CVE-66 White Plains
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120k Castle Island, South Boston, 1959. © Richard Leonhardt

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Crew Contact and Reunion Information
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Contact: Marvin Cave
Address: 4724 Brentridge Parkway
Greenwood, IN 46143
Phone: 317-881-8371
E-mail: MCave8229@aol.com
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Remarks: Contact person for the USS White Plains (CVE-66) and Squadron VC-4

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