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USS MATANIKAU   (CVE-101)
(later CVU-101 and AKV-36)

(Ex- DOLOMI BAY)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Alpha - Bravo

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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Matanikau (CVE-101), shown during launching, Monday, 22 May 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376551.

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138k USS Matanikau (CVE-101) Russ Padden
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49k USS Matanikau (CVE-101) Tom Kermen
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124k USS Matanikau (CVE-101) underway. Ronald Crespin, son of WW II crew member John Crespin (June 4, 1924–October 4, 2002)
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USS Matanikau (CVE-101) underway shortly after her commissioning, July 1944.

National Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 1996.488.035.001.

Mike Green
Robert Hurst
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An FM-2 Wildcat fighter preparing for launch aboard USS Matanikau (CVE-101), Thursday, 27 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376559.

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An FM-2 Wildcat fighter preparing for launch aboard USS Matanikau (CVE-101), Thursday, 27 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376560.

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An Advanced Carrier Training Group Pacific (ACTGPac) TBM Avenger pilot taxis to the port catapult of USS Matanikau (CVE-101) during training exercises off San Diego, California. Matanikau provided carrier qualification deck services for the Pacific Fleet during October 1944–July 1945. USN photo.

From "Carrier Air War in Original WWII Color," by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.

Robert Hurst
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USS Matanikau (CVE-101) circa 1945, location unknown.

David Perich for his father, Thomas, who served aboard USS Matanikau in the Pacific in WWII
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Official copy of the service history of USS Matanikau (CVE-101).

David Perich for his father, Thomas, who served aboard USS Matanikau in the Pacific in WWII

Read the USS MATANIKAU (CVE-101 / CVU-101 / AKV-36) DANFS History entry

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan
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