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USS STEAMER BAY   (CVE-87)
(later CVHE-87)

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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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) with two Avenger torpedo bombers, and two Wildcat fighters on deck. Date and location unknown. U.S. Navy photo.

Robert Hurst
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 22 April 1944, off San Diego, Calif. Camouflage Measure 14. USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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A nice photo of USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), taken from a ZP-31 airship on 14 May 1944, near the California coast, transporting lots of F4U Corsairs.

David Buell
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 17 July 1944, probably off California. Camouflage Measure 32, Design 12A. USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) docked on the West Side of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 1944–1945.

© J.R. Daniels, US Navy Seabee, via LT(JG) Jim Converse, USNR (former)
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A couple F6F-5's prepare to take off from USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), date and place unknown. Both Hellcats had been ferried by the escort carrier and squadron or carrier markings had not yet been applied. The lead plane is an F6F-5N night fighter, and has an APS-6 radar installed in a starboard wing-mounted radome.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
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Action on January 5, 1945 shows the Steamer Bay under attack with a kamikaze shown flying past her stern. At the time, she was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). This photo is dated 23 February 1945, during the Iwo Jima operation.

Tommy Trampp
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An FM-2 Wildcat of VC-93 snags the arresting gear, July 9, 1945. Note three launch stubs for 5" High Velocity Air Rockets (HVARs) under each wing — these were fitted to late-production FM-2's.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
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At Bellingham, Washington, in early 1946, for preparation for "mothballing".

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 50th Anniversary, 1944–1994, Philippine [Presidential] Unit Citation.

Tommy Trampp

Read the USS STEAMER BAY (CVE-87 / CVHE-87) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Charles H Selby
Address:12 Allard St Warwick, RI, 02889-2614
Phone: 401-737-7876
E-mail: selrahcybles@cs.com

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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