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USS Kitty Hawk (AKV-1)
USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Lima - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Kitty Hawk Class Aviation Transport:
  • Laid down for Seatrain Lines, 21 February 1932, as SS Seatrain New York at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 19 September 1932
  • Acquired by the Navy, 25 June 1941
  • Renamed Kitty Hawk, 8 July 1941
  • Converted to an Aircraft Transport at Tietjin & Land Dry Dock Co., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned Transport and Aircraft Ferry, USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1), 26 November 1941, at New York Navy Yard, CDR. Elbert C. Rogers in command
  • During World War II USS Kitty Hawk was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Redesignated Aircraft Transport (AKV-1), 15 September 1943
  • Decommissioned, at New York, 24 January 1946
  • Chartered to United Fruit Co., 24 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Returned to Seatrain Lines Inc., 10 May 1946, at Chester, PA., name reverted to SS Seatrain New York
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 March 1973, to Hua Eng Copper and Iron Industrial Co. Ltd., Taiwan
    Displacement 4,000 t.(lt), 16,480 t.(fl)
    Length 478'
    Beam 63' 6"
    Draft 22' 10" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 238
    Largest Boom Capacity 11 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,300 DWT
    non-refrigerated 592,000 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,730 Bbls
    one De Laval steam turbine
    three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 420psi 680°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 200Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 90Kw 230V A.C.
    single propeller, 8,000shp

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    Merchant Service Seatrain Lines
    Kitty Hawk 127k SS Seatrain New York underway in the 1930s. This photo, taken by Green Studio, Chester, PA., may show her on trials or just after delivery by the Sun shipyard at Chester in late 1932.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1)
    Kitty Hawk
    106k USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1) soon after completion of conversion at the end of 1941.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G. photos # 80-G-31899 & 80-G-31902, US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Kitty Hawk
    Kitty Hawk 159k USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1) in aircraft cargo activity at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, March 1942.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-66240 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
    Kitty Hawk 85k Loading a VMF-211 Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo aboard USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1) at Pearl Harbor for shipment to Midway Island, in May 1942. Photo courtesy Strike Fighter Squadron 2 Robert Hurst
    Kitty Hawk 77k A Grumman F4F-4 "Wildcat" fighter is lifted on board USS Long Island (ACV-1) from USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1), at Fila Harbor, New Hebrides, 28 August 1942. This plane was en route to Guadalcanal as part of the second group of US Marine Corps planes to be based at Henderson Field. Note that the F4F's markings appear to have been taped over.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-73394, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Kitty Hawk 95k USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1) underway, October 1942.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Kitty Hawk 75k USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret

    USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1 / AKV-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Rogers, Elbert Charles29 November 1941 - ?
    02CAPT. DuVall Jr., Elmer Ellsworth :RADM17 June 1942 - ?
    03CDR. Windle, John W.5 June 1943 - ?
    04LCDR. Lee Jr., Norman Ingvar2 July 1945 - ?
    05LT. Wright, Richard Stanley4 January 1946 - 24 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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