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Convoy AT.54A

Post by Temujin » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:04 pm

This thread will contain records from Ships and Escorts that were with Convoy AT.54A


Convoy Plot for AT.54A
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Task Force 68
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Admiralty Information
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Convoy Escort Flag Ship - USS Augusta
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USS Doyle
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Re: Convoy AT.54A

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USS Herbert - Escort vessel to Convoy AT.54A - Ships Logs
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USS Herbert
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Re: Convoy AT.54A

Post by Temujin » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:04 pm

Ships which were part of Convoy AT.54A

USAT James Parker
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USAT Thomas H Barry
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USAT Edmond B Alexander
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SS Santa Elena.
NOTE: SS Santa Elena was sunk in the Mediterranean carrying Canadian troops from Liverpool to Naples, Convoy KME.25A
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SS Seatrain Texas
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Hawaiian Shipper
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USS Block Island - CVE 21
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USS Block Island was constructed by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation and launched on 6 June 1942 by Mrs. H. B. Hutchinson. The Block Island was commissioned on 8 March 1943, with Captain Logan C. Ramsey in command. Originally classified AVG-21, she became ACV-21 on 20 August 1942, and CVE 21 on 15 July 1943.

The configuration used the space on both the hanger and flight decks to transport up to 77 combat ready aircraft and spare parts to anywhere in the world. Her first operational cruise was to transport a cargo of P-47 Thunderbolts. The planes were loaded at Staten Island on 8 Jul 1943. She left on 17 Jul 1943 with a convoy of eight troopships and escorts, CVE 21 Block Island was detached from the convoy on 26 Jul 1943 and tied up at Siddenham Airport, near Belfast, Ireland. The escort carrier left Belfast on 3 Aug 1943 and reached New York eight days later to take on a second load of P-47s.
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The photo above shows the CVE 21 hanger deck full of partially assembled P-47s

After two trips to Ireland and England during the summer of 1943 with cargos of aircraft, she operated as part of a task group designated to find and destroy German submarines. During four combat cruises, the Block Island Task Group sank two submarines and shared credit for the sinking of two additional submarines. She earned the nickname of “FBI” for Fighting Block Island.


http://www.ussblockisland.org/Beta/CVE21_History.html

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Re: Convoy AT.54A

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Task Force 68 - Escort Ships and Oiler to Convoy AT.54A
Destroyers were from Destroyer Squadron 18


USS Chiwawa
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Tonnage: 5,650 tons light displacement - 21,077 tons fully loaded
Dimensions: 502'6" by 68' by 31' - 153.2m by 20.7m by 9.4m
Maximum speed: 15 knots
Complement: 213
1 x 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 x 3"/50 AA guns
4 x 2 40mm Bofors AA guns
4 x 2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery: 1-shaft geared turbine (7,700 shp)
Capacity: 134,000 barrels (5,460,000 US liquid gallons)
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USS H. P. Jones
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USS Dickerson
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USS Du Pont
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USS Greer
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USS Greene
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USS Ellis
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USS Herbert
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USS Augusta - CA 31
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