CVE-20 USS Barnes .
CVE-20 USS Barnes


Bogue Class


Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp.

Tacoma Washington

Laid down

19. January 1942 


2. May 1942


20. February 1943

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign


NS San Diego CA
13. July 1944 - 21. July 1944
Transfer to Hawaii
VF-4 F6F-3 4-F-0
VB-4 SB2C-3 4-B-0
VT-4  TBM-1C 4-T-0
Source: History of Carrier Air Wing One 
last update 22. June 2009


29. August 1946


History (short)

The major task of Barnes throughout World War II was the transporting of aircraft and personnel from the United States to the forward areas of the Pacific. In addition she served as a combat, training and pilot qualifying carrier.
While performing these duties she launched her planes on several raids against Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands operation from 20 November–5 December 1943, and provided invaluable aircraft replenishment to the various task groups of the 3rd Fleet during the western Caroline Islands operation from 6 September–14 October 1944, and the Luzon attacks on 19 October 1944.
After Japan's surrender, Barnes remained in the Far East on occupation duty until 3 November 1945. Returning to the United States in March 1946, Barnes remained on the west coast for a period of time and then steamed to Boston, Massachusetts, where she was placed out of commission in reserve on 29 August 1946. Redesignated as a helicopter escort carrier (CVHE-20) on 12 June 1955

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