Motto: None


Pennant Number:



Battle Honours:

Atlantic 1943

Norway 1944

Aegean 1944

South France 1944




Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma,



Completed by:

Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon


14,170 tons

length (Overall):



 69 ft 6 in


 18 knots

Crew Complement:


A/C Capacity:


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




825 (Det)

May 1945

Barracuda II



Dec 43-Jul 44
Wildcat V


Feb-Oct 45
Wildcat VI


Oct 43-Jul 44
Wildcat V








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: July 2008

Sources used in compiling this account:

Brown, D. (1974) 'Carrier Operations in World War 2 -vol 1 the Royal Navy' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd.

Hobbs, D. (2003) 'Royal Navy Escort Carriers' Liskeard, Maritime Books

Poolman, K. (1988) 'Allied Escort Carriers of World War Two in Action'London, Blandford Press

Poolman, K. (1972) 'Escort Carriers 1941 - 1945'Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd.

Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995)'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994)'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

British officers (including Commonwealth officers serving in British units) Part of WWII Unit Histories and Officers web site.

Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1922-present A comprehensive resource listing service details of men and women killed in RN and RM service.

Convoy Web A comprehensive resource listing WW2 convoys and ships .

War Sailors Ships in Atlantic and miscellaneous convoys during WW2.


On-line archive various documents including;

Admiralty War Diaries

US Naval Station, Seattle, Washington

US Naval Station,  Manchester, Washington

Puget Sound  Navy Yard War Diaries

US Thirteenth Naval District War Diaries

Norfolk Navy Yard War Diaries

Mew York Navy Yard War Diaries

Miscellaneous documents



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