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An unidentified U.S.-built escort carrier, background, in Royal Navy service. In the foreground is the U.S.-built Catherine-class fleet minesweeper HMS Foam (J405, ex-BAM 27) along with an Algerine-class fleet minesweeper, apparently HMS Bramble. Imperial War Museum photo, from "Allied Escort Ships of World War II," by Peter Elliott.
Tony Drury pointed out: "Assuming that the ID of HMS Bramble is correct (I can't read her number) this picture is in UK waters as Bramble only operated in UK waters and the western approaches. Bramble didn't begin operating until July 1945 so this gives us a starting point. The CVE Puncher made her maiden voyage (San Diego to New York) in company with HMS Foam but I can't trace the sweeper's whereabouts after she reached the UK in the summer of 1944."
Later, Tony Drury found additional information and wrote [the second minesweeper appears to be HMS Wave, rather than HMS Bramble]:
"This is the only instance of the ships operating together, unfortunately the image is not good enough to distinguish Puncher from Premier."
An unknown CVE with a Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter on deck. My guess is USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), but there is nothing in the photo to identify the squadrons or the ship.
Can you identify the ship, date or location? (Larger image available on request.)
David Buell has identified this ship as USS Rendova (CVE-114) and writes:
Bob Crawford also comments: "Am I the only one noticing the inverted '4' in the bottom left and the bottom of a '1' just forward of the Helo? If you look at photo NS0311423 on USS Rendova page, it seems to fit the format."
Yu Chu adds adds: "My opinion is this was taken in 1953. Reasons [compare to photo NS0311435]:
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"Here is a CVE, Bogue-class from the look of it, and the Measure 32 camouflage [...]"
"At any rate, the number on the bow is not too legible, but looks like a double number. With a full air group of TBM Avengers on deck, my guess would be USS Card (CVE-11), but I am not sure if she wore this exact design of Measure 32, and the number is too blurred to make out well."
Camo scheme appears to be a variant of Design 4A, with a dark patch on the bow. Other photos in the same collection are related to North Africa and South America operations, circa 1943–44.
Robert Tilley notes:
(Slightly larger copy available on request.)
"From my reckoning it is either Bogue, Card or Core, based on dates and camouflage. That is about as far as I can get. I believe they all carried SK radar at some time or another. Except for Block Island and Croatan which I think only wore Measure 22, the rest of the Bogues were Pacific-based only. This CVE shows the Atlantic direction-finder mast forward, and I do not believe this camoflage pattern was on any Pacific CVE that I have seen photos of. Finally, that leaves Prince William as an unlikely candidate, as she entered the Atlantic late in the game, but she did do one ferry run of aircraft to Casablanca in August 1944. Have not seen photos of her in pattern camoflage, so the jury is still out on her."
"This photo also shows the countershading paint under the starboard flight deck overhang."
Yu Chu comments:
"I have no exact answer due to the dazzle kept on changing.
(Larger copy available on request.)
USS Huse (DE-145) operating with an escort carrier (CVE) in the Atlantic area, 12 December 1944. Photographed by PhoM3. Joseph W. Lehan. Huse's port side is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 3d(gx).
Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-350736).
The CVE is possibly USS Croatan (CVE-25). Can you conclusively identify her?
Lucas Aparicio comments:
"I can confirm that the carrier in the photo is the Croatan. The Huse and the Croatan were both a part of the same anti-sub group. Both of them were in port from October 1944 to February 1945. Though they were in different ports, Huse in Brooklyn and Croatan in Norfolk, it is reasonable to assume that in that time period they trained and ran exercises together due to the fact they were part of the same anti-sub group and their main training area was the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Since the Croatan deployed in February 1945 and the Huse deployed one month later in March 1945, them training and running exercises in December sounds about right. So that photo is the Croatan and Huse training together in the Atlantic right before they deployed."
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