Bogue class aircraft carriers

USA (1942)

45 built -RN Groups Ameer/Attacker

USS Bogue ACV-9
USS Bogue ACV-9

The Bogue class was the first of many series of “Jeep Carriers” that the Americans built during the conflict. Their common denominator was construction by civilian shipyards on the basis of cargo ships and oil tankers, whose large holds were suitable for rapid development in hangars. Unlike the aircraft carriers, the escorts were slow, walking “in the convoy”, that of the cargo ships or assault ships they were following. Their sober and economical machines gave them an excellent autonomy. The Bugs derived from a long series lent to the British in the lend-lease, the “Attackers”. They were based on the USS Long Island, with C3 standard cargo ships as base, but had a full command bridge. Their DCA mainly consisted of oerlikon heavy machine guns was generous and relatively effective at close range. Nevertheless, their long-range defense was based on their cover of hunters. The Bugs differed from the Lend-Lease series by their triple expansion machines (instead of diesels).


USS Nassau underway off Attu, May 1943

They all had a catapult and two elevators. Their flight deck measured 141 meters by 21.2. A total of ten buildings (nine of the first series Bogue / Attacker and one of the second series Bogue / Ruler) were built by Western Pipe and Steel, Ingalls, and Seattle-Tacoma, commissioned between 1942 and 1943. They served mainly on the theater of operations atlantic, and were part of major strategic convoys until the end of the war. Their aerial complement amounted as standard to 12 F4F Wildcat hunters, and 9 Grumann TBF Avengers. The British when they deployed from 19 to 24 devices including the British version of the Wildcat, the Martlet, and Supermarine Seafire and Fairey Swordfish. There were no casualties in the battle and all were converted into cargo ships after the war, serving for a long time under the civilian flag.

USS Altamaha CVE-18
USS Altamaha CVE-18

Features (1943):
Displacement: 9636 t, 16,600 T FL
Dimensions: 151 x 21 x 7,90 m
Propulsion: 1 propeller, 1 Allis-Chalmers turbine on TE engine, 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 8500 hp, 16.5 knots max.
Armour: None.
Armament: 2x127mm guns, 2×2 40mm, 10x20mm Oerlikon AA, 24 aircraft max.
Crew: 646 (890 with air group)

USS Bogue
USS Block Island, 1944