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USS RUDYERD BAY   (CVE-81)
(later CVU-81 and AKV-29)



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

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.

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Rudyerd Bay was sponsored on Wednesday, January 12, 1944 by Mrs. Scott Ernest Peck, wife of Captain Peck, 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
World War II
Mr. Lowell Reistad Collection
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad. USS Rudyerd Bay was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 15A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
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From the collection of Mr. Lowell Reistad.

Lowell Reistad via Paul Neacsu
Mr. Clint Daniel Collection
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CAPT Curtis S. Smiley, CO, USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81), 1944.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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CDR Robert Ward Cooper, XO, USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81), February 1944–June 1945.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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Dr. Wilson, Dr. Ellis, Dr. Slavin.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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LCDR Frank J. Peterson, CO, VC-77. KIA, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima (TBM-1C Avenger, BuNo 73254).

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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From the C.E. Daniel Collection.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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From the C.E. Daniel Collection.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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From the C.E. Daniel Collection.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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From the C.E. Daniel Collection.

C.E. Daniel Collection - A Private Collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia
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USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81) and an unidentified oiler steaming together, location unknown. U.S. Navy photo, dated April 1944 and with number 657-4-44 handwritten on it.

David Buell
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USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81) underway on 19 July 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106584).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
Larger copy from the National Naval Aviation Museum, via Mike Green
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FM-2 Wildcats and TBM-3 Avengers of Composite Squadron (VC) 96 aboard USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81), circa April 1945.

Robert Rocker

USS RUDYERD BAY CVE-81 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. Malcom Sullivan
Address:3330 Springs Rd NE Hickory, NC, 28601-9100
Phone: 704-256-6008
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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