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NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive


Contributed by Adam Lewis

USS GILBERT ISLANDS   (CVE-107)
(later AKV-39; renamed Annapolis (AGMR-1))

Photo Collection of FT1 Mike Mitchell

via Adam Lewis


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How the GI's island appeared in 1953.

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A Corsair being brought up for launch on the forward elevator.

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The plane guard HUP helicopter (Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever, BuNo 128494, modex UR45, HU-2 "Fleet Angels") taking off.

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A Corsair (from a NAS New York Reserve Unit) starting its takeoff roll.

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A (NAS New York Reserve Unit) Corsair taking off.

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A Corsair making its landing approach.

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A Corsair catching the arresting wire.

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Corsairs (from a NAS New York Reserve Unit) being spotted on the forward flight deck.

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AF-2S and -2W Guardians from VS-36 "Gray Wolves."

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Fox Division shipmates on the flight deck during underway refueling. The rolled hats reflect the strong wind.

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Rope Yard Sunday (day off from work) at sea.

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Fox Division personnel sun bathing during Rope Yard Sunday.

“While on board USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107) in 1954, a NAS Oceana-based squadron of Grumman F9F Cougar jets conducted a 'touch and go' exercise with the carrier. The ship was anchored in Chesapeake Bay at the time, with the screws turning only enough to keep the ship heading into the wind. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first and last time a hazardous jet aircraft 'touch and go' was attempted on a small CVE. The event is documented in the DANFS USS Gilbert Islands history. The event date was 9 June 1954. I always thought that the Cougar squadron was VF-61 the 'Jolly Rogers,' but I could never confirm it."


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F9F Cougar "touching down" on the flight deck.

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F9F Cougar "going" after touch down. Note the raised tail hook.
 

Photo Collection of LT Robert Graves

via his daughter, Marilynn Wright, and
Adam Lewis

LT Robert G. Graves worked in the ship's Combat Information Center (CIC) as the Night Fighter Director during the last months of World War II. These are seldom seen CIC pictures.


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