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USS SAVO ISLAND   (CVE-78)
(later CVHE-78 and AKV-28)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - X-Ray - Juliet

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

Initially named Kaita Bay.


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Savo Island was sponsored by Miss Margaret Taffinder, daughter of Rear Admiral Taffinder, Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 2; January 28, 1944; pages 4 & 5.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
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Undated, underway with a deck load of aircraft. Camouflaged in Measure 33, Design 14A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

USN
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Undated overhead photo of USS Savo Island (CVE-78) underway.

Source: U.S. Navy, photo no. unknown.

Mike Green
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USS Savo Island (CVE-78) underway on 25 May 1944, location unknown. Note dismantled SO3C Seamew, a J2F Duck (minus its engine), and SOC Seagull and three F6F Hellcats lining the port side, with spare floats lashed down aft (USN photo).

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.034.023. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
Mike Green
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"By Christmas 1944, the men of the Savo Island had been through some rough battles. While the aviators were providing air and ground support for the invasions, the men on the ship were fighting off waves of kamikaze attacks (as shown in the picture at the top of the menu). A single kamikaze could sink a ship the size of an escort carrier."

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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[A] Kamikaze [is] just meters above the flight deck of the escort carrier USS Savo Island (CVE-78) in this shot taken from the battleship USS West Virginia on 5 January 1945. It sheared off the carrier's air-search radar antenna with its wingtip and then hit the water close aboard. The splashes in the water to the right, no doubt from the battleship's anti-aircraft fire, highlight the constant danger of friendly fire among the closely-packed ships of the invasion fleet. Photo National Archives and Records Administration.

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

Robert Hurst
Ex-USS Savo Island
CVHE-78 Savo Island
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USS SAVO ISLAND CVE-78 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. Donald B Hull
Address:4000 N Hampton Brook Dr Hamburg, NY, 14075-6410
Phone: 716-649-2587
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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