USS Block Island (CVE-21)

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  1. comiso90

    comiso90 Active Member

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    Great post!
     
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    You hardly ever hear anything about the US Carriers in the Atlantic. Excellent post!
     
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    I bet those destroyer screens felt like sh!t letting a pig boat put 3 fish into the baby CV they were supposed to be protecting.

    i wonder if any of the aircraft were able to fly to safety as it was sinking?

    was the carrier actively hunted or was it just a target of opportunity?

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    I wonder if the CVE was hunting u-boats when she became the hunted? The CVE was excellent in the hunter-killer role, and was the bane of the u-boats.
     
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    Not a very good trade at all, one fully loaded baby carrier for 1 sub, but at least they got the SOB!
     
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    Many of us on Long Island know of this story.... Block Island is just off the coast of Long Island, Montauk Point to be exact.... Montauk is where we used to go fishing for big shark and game fish...

    Ive done alot of fishing off of Block Island, some great spots all around there.... I think I was told the story of the carrier being torpedoed when I was like 7.........
     

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    Thanks for the photo Dan..

    That would suck having the namesake of a town close to you sunk. It shouldn't matter but psychologically it would be a downer.

    I bet those pilots were pissed they weren't on an Essex class chasing Japanese.

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    I never really read a lot about US Carrier actions in the Atlantic, but apparently the CVE's kicked some serious U-Boat butt.
     
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    Thanks Comiso.
    I knew about the escort carriers sinking sevearl U-boat's but I had not heard of a U-boat sinking an escort carrier.

    Thanks for the extra bit of history and picture Dan.

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    Wheelsup-------of the 6 CVEs lost in WW2, 2 were sunk by subs ;;
    BLOCK ISLAND by German sub
    BISMARCK SEA by Kamikaze
    GAMBIER BAY by Jap gunfire
    LISCOMBE BAY by Jap sub (not an A/S carrier though)
    OMMANEY BAY by Kamikaze
    ST. LO by Jap aircraft

    4 CVs and 1 CVL were also lost. Regards Nick
     
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    Interesting... thanks

    We almost lost a lot of CVEs from Taffy 3 due to ship to ship fire.


    Admiral Clifton Sprague's Task Unit 77.4.3 ("Taffy 3") consisted of Fanshaw Bay, St Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay, and Gambier Bay.

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    Thanks Tinplate and Comiso for the follow up information. :thumbright:


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