CVE-109 USS Cape Gloucester  
CVE-109 USS Cape Gloucester


Commencement Bay Class


Todd Pacific Shipyards Inc.

Tacoma Washington

Laid down

10.January 1944


12. September 1944


5. March 1945

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign



Sep. 1945 - Dec. 1945   Measures 22 or 12

NS Seatle WA
16. May 1945 - September 1945
West Pacific (Japan)
VMF-351 F4U-1D, F6F-5P -
VMTB-132 TBM-3 -
last update 2. November 2010
September 1945 - 22. May 1946
West Pacific (Magic Carpet)
Transporting 1,520 returning veterans to CONUS
last update 1. November 2010
NS Tacoma WA


5. November 1946


History (short)

After operational training at Pearl Harbor, Cape Gloucester arrived at Leyte, P.I. on 29 June 1945 to join the 3rd Fleet. Her planes flew combat air patrol fighting off Japanese kamikazes attempting to attack minesweepers operating east of Okinawa from 5–17 July. They then took part in air raids and photographic reconnaissance of shipping and airfields along the China coast until 7 August. During this time, her aircraft shot down several Japanese planes, and aided in damaging a 700-ton cargo ship.
After a period covering minesweeping along the Japanese coasts, and just two weeks after the Japanese formally surrendered on board the U.S.S. Missouri on 2 September 1945, the Cape Gloucester sailed into Nagasaki, stripped of her planes, to serve as an early participant in the celebrated “Magic Carpet” fleet that returned thousands of ragged and half-starved prisoners of war from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Holland, together with a handful of Americans, to their homes. Many of these POWs were from prison camps on Kyūshū. In that role, Cape Gloucester sailed to Okinawa to unload the allied POWs, and made four voyages returning U.S. servicemen from Okinawa and Pearl Harbor to the west coast. The escort carrier returned to Tacoma, Wash., 22 May 1946, and was placed out of commission in reserve there on 5 November 1946. Still in reserve, she was reclassified CVHE-109 on 12 June 1955, and further reclassified AKV-9 on 7 May 1959.

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