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The "Attacker" Class were the second batch of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, the lead ship - Attacker - having originally been intended to be one of the "Avenger" Class. They were also the first escort carriers to be ordered after the USA entered the war; the USN kept the other 10 vessels ordered at the same time, as these became the "Bogue" Class. Speed was increased to18 knots, although overall size and displacement were much the same as the earlier classes. Although the first of the class arrived in the UK in January 1943, none actually commenced active service until August of that year. Once the ships were ready for action they soon proved themselves, both as convoy escorts and fighter support ships for amphibious landings.
HMS Battler served in WWII providing convoy escort in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. She returned to the USN on 12 February 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore.
Attacker - class Escort Carrier 1942 - 5: Atlantic 1942-1945, Salerno 1943, Indian Ocean.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
15 aircraft: 12 Swordfish, 3 Martlet fighters
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 840 Dec 1942 Swordfish I/II 835 April-July 1943 Swordfish II 808 April-Sept 1943 Seafire L.IIc 807 Aug-Oct 1943 Seafire L.IIc 834 Sept 1943-Oct 1944 Seafire L.IIc/Wildcat V
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Battler
Ex Mormactern,ex USS Altamaha (USA)
Class Attacker Type Escort Carrier (US built) Ships in Class Attacker, Battler, Chaser, Fencer, Hunter, Pursuer, Ravager, Searcher, Stalker, Striker, Tracker Launched Tonnage Net displacement 9,800 tons, Gross displacement, Load 6,900 tons Engines 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 2 Westinghouse geared turbines driving 1 shaft at 8500 shp Speed in Knots 18.5 knots Armament Gun 1 x 2 x 4" L/50 AA, 4x 2 x 40mm Bofors AA 10-35 x 20mm Oerlikon AA Crew Complement 646 Officers & Ratings excluding Air Group Range Length (ft/inches) 496 Beam (ft/inches) 69'6'' Draught (ft/inches) 26 Flight Deck length (ft/inches) 480 Flight Deck width (ft/inches) 70 Armour Number of aircraft carried up to 24 Fate of carrier Scrapped 1946 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers: HMS Battler Photographs in US archives of HMS BATTLER Ships website and HMS AVENGER Escort carrier Details and history of HMS AVENGER Escort carrier World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Jane's London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639