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  USS Liscome Bay CVE-56
USN
Casablamca
Escort Carrier

7,800 Tons
512’3" | 65’ | 108’1”
1 x 5”; 16 x 40mm
28 aircraft

Ship History
Laid down on December 9, 1942 by Kaiser Shipbuilding Company of Vancouver, Washington, under a United States Maritime Commission contract. She was originally to have been given to the Royal Navy under the terms of Lend-Lease as "HMS Ameer", but was appropriated by the U.S. Navy while under construction.

Launched on April 19, 1943 and named Liscome Bay on June 28, 1943 and assigned the hull classification symbol CVE-56 on July 15, 1943. Commissioned on August 7, 1943 with Captain Irving D. Wiltsie in command and underwent training off the West Coast.

Wartime History
Departed San Diego on October 21, 1943 and arrived at Pearl Harbor a week later. Part of CarDiv 24, Liscome Bay departed Pearl Harbor 10 November attached to TF 52, Northern Attack Force, under Rear Adm. Richard K. Turner, bound for the invasion of the Gilbert Islands. Aircraft from Liscome Bay participated in the operations against both Tarawa and Makin.

Sinking History
On November 23, the Japanese submarine I-175 arrived off Makin. The temporary task group built around Rear Adm. H. M. Mullinnix's three escorts carriers were steaming 20 miles southwest of Makin Island at 15 knots.

On November 24, 1943 at 0430, , the ship went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews prepared their planes for dawn launchings. There was no warning, Japanese Submarine I-175 was shadowing the carrier, and fired a torpedo at the carrier. At about 0510 when a lookout shouted: "... here comes a torpedo!" It struck abaft the after engine room an instant later with a shattering roar. A second major detonation closely followed the first, the entire interior burst into flames. At 0533, Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank, 272 of her crew were rescued.

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Last Updated
August 18, 2018

 

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