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USS BISMARCK SEA   (CVE-95)

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.


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

Operational and Building Data

Built by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash. Initially named Alikula Bay. Keel laid 31 Jan 1944, launched 17 Apr 1944. Renamed Bismarck Sea 16 May 1944. Commissioned 20 May 1944.

Fate: Sunk by kamikazes off Iwo Jima, 21 Feb 1945.
318 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.


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CVE-95 Bismarck Sea
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This is identified as Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) under construction in 1944. However, this might be incorrect, as this ship is painted in camouflage Design 16A, while Bismarck Sea was reportedly painted in Design 18A.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) loading Douglas SBD Dauntless scout bombers from a barge, circa 1944.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph (#NH 78142), courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
CVE-95 Bismarck Sea
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18k Anchored in bay formed by Majuro Atoll. Joe Litkenhaus,
grandson of Harold G. Kirchhoff EM/2C, still serving aboard the USS Bismarck Sea
CVE-95 Bismarck Sea
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51k "Royal Parade" on flight deck as viewed from the open bridge.
CVE-95 Bismarck Sea
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USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) underway, 24 June 1944, taking it green, seen from an altitude of 500' (152 m). Location unknown. USN photo now in the collections of the National Archives (NARA), # 80-G-240135.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Still larger copy obtained from NARA
CVE-95 Bismarck Sea
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Large explosion on board USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) during the night of February 21, 1945. She was struck by two Kamikazes within two minutes of each other, while she was taking part in the Iwo Jima operation. She sank as a result of her damage. Photographed from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE‑82).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (NARA), # 80-G-335103.

NARA

Read the USS BISMARCK SEA (CVE-95) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Jaco LaBlanc
Address:PO Box 3166 Lafayette, LA, 70502-3166
Phone: 318-984-2221
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
USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95), by Joe Litkenhaus

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