Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive

(later CVU-80)

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

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.

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
By And/Or Copyright
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Petrof Bay was sponsored on Wednesday, January 5, 1944 by Mrs. J. G. Atkins, wife of Captain Atkins, executive officer of the Naval Air Station, Farragut, Idaho. Principal address was by Captain C. E. Ekstrom, Executive Officer, USN.

(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
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

"To the first Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Petrof Bay, Captain J.L. Kane USN, with the compliments of the CVE Pre-Commissioning School."

Robert explains: "This picture hung on our basement wall for years. My Dad Joseph Morrison was a plank owner on CVE 80."

Robert Morrison
World War 2
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) underway. Photo is dated 18 March 1944—the escort carrier was off the West Coast on that date.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.032.003. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVE-80 Petrof Bay
28k Petrof Bay anchored at Tulagi, 1944. Ivor Jefferies
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) underway, 1944. Camouflaged in Measure 33, Design 10A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

CVE-80 Petrof Bay

With its tail and part of a wing shot off by AA fire, a Kamikaze dives on and misses USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) on 26 October 1944.

Source: Navy Department Library, 1945 Antiaircraft Action Summary.

Mike Green
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Official US Navy photograph of USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) underway, exact date and place unknown. The four-leaf shamrock symbol on its tail identifies the FM-2 Wildcat as assigned to Composite Squadron 93 (VC-93.) VC-93 operated from Petrof Bay between March 10 and May 30, 1945 in support of the invasion and capture of Okinawa.

Robert M. Cieri
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

LCI(L)-192 drydocked at Long Beach Naval Shipyard during conversion to an LCI(G). She is in the drydock along with nine other LCIs, USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) and USS Mustin (DD-413), circa June–August 1945.

Mustin departed Okinawa 28 May for Guam, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, and San Pedro, arriving 18 June for a yard overhaul and alterations. The war ended six days before she left San Pedro. On 19 June Petrof Bay moored at the Naval Operating Base, Terminal Island, San Pedro, for a general overhaul. Petrof Bay sailed for Pearl Harbor 14 August.

Larry Gauthier

Read the USS PETROF BAY (CVE-80 / CVU-80) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Ambrose L Ruchotzke
Address:441 15th Ave Camanche, IA, 52730-2010
Phone: 319-259-8591
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

Photo Index Page
Escort Carrier
Photo Index Page

Comments, Suggestions or Image submissions, E-mail Carrier Information
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster

This page was created by Paul Yarnall and is maintained by Fabio Peña
All pages copyright NavSource Naval History

Last update: 10 October 2015