Description Shape:
Standard, circular.
Blazon (Heraldic description)
On a white field: A bloodhound’s head erased red, collared gold.
SEARCHER: One who searches for, hunts down or sniffs something out. The bloodhound is representative of the hunt and symbolises one who perseveres in hunting the enemy while always being mindful of his foes.

For explanations of heraldic terms see the Badges & Honours page.

 

Motto:

None

 

Pennant Numbers:

 

D40

 


 

Battle Honours:

 

ATLANTIC 1943-44

AEGEAN 1944

SOUTH FRANCE 1944

NORWAY 1944-45

 


 

Specifications

Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma, Washington

Completed by: Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon

Displacement: 14,170 tons

length (Overall): 486ft

Beam:  69ft 6in

Flight deck: 442ft x 80ft wood covered mild steel plate

Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler boilers; 1 x Allis-Chalmers geared turbine driving 1 shaft

Speed:  18.5 knots

A/C Capacity: 20

Hangar: 262ft x 62ft x 18ft

A/C lifts: 2; aft 34ft long x 42ft wide; forward 42ft long x 34ft wide

Arrestor wires: 9 with 3 barriers

Catapult: 1 x H2 hydraulic

Armament: 2 single 4in USN Mk 9, 8 twin 40mm Bofors, 14 twin 20rnm Oerlikon, 7 single 20mm Oerlikon Note: Although one of the eleven batch 1 Bogue class CVEs built for lend-lease as the ‘Attacker’ class, SEARCHER has the armament configuration of the second batch which were the ‘Ruler’ and ‘Smiter’ class ships. This also gives her a confusing outline since her island matches the ‘Attacker’ class.

Crew Complement: 646


 

Commanding Officers:

 

Lt. Cdr. L.J. Sedgwick RN OIC

Jan - Feb 43

 


Capt. G.O.C. Davies RN

Feb 43 -Jan 45

 


Capt. J.W. Grant RN

Jan 45 - Nov 45

 


 

Squadrons:

 

825 (Det)

May 1945

Barracuda II

 

 

882
Dec 43-Jul 44
Wildcat V

&

Feb-Oct 45
Wildcat VI

 


898
Oct 43-Jul 44
Wildcat V

 

 
 


 

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A History of HMS SEARCHER

 

HMS SEARCHER at sea c.1944.

Laid down 20 February 1942, at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma, Washington, a C3-S-A1 type freighter Maritime Commission hull number 238, Seattle-Tacoma hull number 22; purchased by the US navy, to become AVG-22 (no name announced) 27 July 1942. Whilst still under construction it had been decided that AVG-22 9later changed to ACV-22) was to be transferred to the Admiralty on loan on her completion as an aircraft carrier. ACV -22 was launched on 20 June 1942 and was towed from Seattle to Astoria, Washington on June 24th by th USS Tatnuck (AT--27). ACV-22 was assigned to Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, for the completion of her construction as an escort carrier.. She was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend Lease and delivered on 7 April 1943; commissioned into RN service at Portland, Oregon as HMS SEARCHER (D40), Captain G.O.C. Davies RN in command. US Navy designation changed from ACV to CVE on 15 July 1943

 

HMS SEARCHER carrying a ferry load

 

In UK waters Feb - April 1945, DLTs by 746 Night Fighter Interception Unit from RNAS Ford.

CVE-22 was returned to US Navy custody on 29 Nov 1945, and was stricken for disposal 7 Feb 1946. She was sold into merchant service as Captain Theo. Later renamed Oriental Banker in 1965. She was scrapped at Taiwan starting 21 April 1976.

 

A fuller account of this ships history will be added at some time in the future.

 


 

 

Content revised: 17 April 2017

 

Sources used in compiling this account:

Click here for a list of Primary sources

 

Additional sources:

Fold3.com various documents including;

Admiralty War Diaries

Norfolk Navy Yard War Diaries

Mew York Navy Yard War Diaries

Miscellaneous documents


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