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(later CVU-80)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - X-Ray - Papa

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation / American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5 stars)
2nd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (1 star)

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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Petrof Bay

CVE-80 was named Petrof Bay for a bay on Kuiu Island, at the south end of Tebenkof Bay, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0308012). The bay was named in 1928 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), for Ivan Petroff, special census agent for Alaska in 1880, "who contributed largely to the written history of Alaska."

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Petrof Bay was sponsored on Wednesday, January 5, 1944 by Mrs. J. G. Atkins, wife of Captain Atkins, executive officer of the Naval Air Station, Farragut, Idaho. Principal address was by Captain C. E. Ekstrom, Executive Officer, USN.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 2; January 28, 1944; pages 4–5.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

"To the first Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Petrof Bay, Captain J.L. Kane USN, with the compliments of the CVE Pre-Commissioning School."

Robert explains: "This picture hung on our basement wall for years. My Dad Joseph Morrison was a plank owner on CVE 80."

Robert Morrison
World War 2
CVE-78 Savo Island

Naval Station Astoria, Oregon, oblique view looking northeast, altitude 1000 feet, 19 February 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-218308.

Three CVEs can be seen in the lower half of the picture, fitting out. They are, top to bottom, USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80), commissioned the day before; USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79), that had just shifted berth from pier 3 to pier 2; and USS Savo Island (CVE-78).

CVE-80 Petrof Bay

USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) underway. Photo is dated 18 March 1944—the escort carrier was off the West Coast on that date.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.032.003. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVE-80 Petrof Bay
28k Petrof Bay anchored at Tulagi, 1944. Ivor Jefferies
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) on 21 June 1944 in the Eastern Pacific, showing different radar antennas. Camouflaged in Measure 33, Design 10A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

Mike Green
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

A near miss by a Japanese Zero on USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) off Leyte Gulf, as seen from USS Suwannee (CVE-27), 25 October 1944. Bomb is hitting the water.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-270668.

CVE-80 Petrof Bay

With its tail and part of a wing shot off by AA fire, a Kamikaze dives on and misses USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) on 26 October 1944.

Source: Navy Department Library, 1945 Antiaircraft Action Summary.

Mike Green
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Kamikaze plane on fire barely missed USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) (see above).

Tommy Trampp
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Official US Navy photograph of USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) underway, exact date and place unknown. The four-leaf shamrock symbol on its tail identifies the FM-2 Wildcat as assigned to Composite Squadron 93 (VC-93.) VC-93 operated from Petrof Bay between March 10 and May 30, 1945 in support of the invasion and capture of Okinawa.

Robert M. Cieri
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Composite Squadron 93 (VC-93) group picture aboard USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80). The squadron embarked 10 March 1945.

(Larger copy available on request.)

Bill Gonyo
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VC-93 crew: H. Foster (Pilot), S. Orlowski (Gunner) & ARM/1c Roger W. Goodwin (1945).

Bill Gonyo
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

General Motors FM-2 Wildcats of Composite Squadron (VC) 93 aboard USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) prepare for a mission supporting the invasion of Okinawa, 25 March 1945.

Image from Storm of Eagles: The Greatest Aviation Photographs of World War II, by John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey, and Robert "Cricket" Renner (Osprey Publishing).

Robert Hurst
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

LCI(L)-192 drydocked at Long Beach Naval Shipyard during conversion to an LCI(G). She is in the drydock along with nine other LCIs, USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) and USS Mustin (DD-413), circa June–August 1945.

Mustin departed Okinawa 28 May for Guam, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, and San Pedro, arriving 18 June for a yard overhaul and alterations. The war ended six days before she left San Pedro. On 19 June Petrof Bay moored at the Naval Operating Base, Terminal Island, San Pedro, for a general overhaul. Petrof Bay sailed for Pearl Harbor 14 August.

Larry Gauthier
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

A beautiful ship display commemorating USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) and all those who served aboard.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-80 Petrof Bay

Replica of the ship's bell, by J. and L. Mayall.

Tommy Trampp

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS PETROF BAY (CVE-80 / CVU-80) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Ambrose L Ruchotzke
Address:441 15th Ave Camanche, IA, 52730-2010
Phone: 319-259-8591
E-mail: None

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