USS Bogue (CVE-9), near Norfolk, Virginia on 20 June 1943
|Owner||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator||Isthmian Steamship Company|
|Ordered||as type (C3-S-A1 hull), MC hull 170 |
|Awarded||30 September 1940|
|Builder||Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Tacoma, Washington|
|Laid down||1 October 1941|
|Launched||15 January 1942|
|Fate||Allocated to the United States Navy, 1 May 1942|
|Namesake||Bogue Sound, North Carolina|
|Acquired||1 May 1942|
|Commissioned||26 September 1942|
|Decommissioned||30 November 1946|
|Stricken||1 March 1959|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type||Bogue-class escort carrier|
|Speed||18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Complement||890 officers and enlisted|
Originally classified AVG-9, this was changed to ACV-9 on 20 August 1942; CVE-9 on 15 July 1943 and CVHE-9, on 12 June 1955. She was part of an effective force, where aircraft operating from Bogue or ships escorting the carrier claimed nine German and two Japanese submarines between May 1943 and July 1945.
Bogue was laid down on 1 October 1941, as Steel Advocate under Maritime Commission contract, MC hull #170, by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding, in Tacoma, Washington. She was launched on 15 January 1942 sponsored by Mrs W. Miller, the wife of Lieutenant Commander Miller, transferred to the United States Navy on the 1 May 1942 and commissioned on the 26 September 1942, with Captain G E Short in command.
Bogue had capacity for up to 24 fighter and anti-submarine aircraft normally a mixture of Grumman; Wildcat and Avengers with composition dependant upon mission. The squadron had the callsign VC-9 (Composite Squadron Nine). When she was utilised in a ferry role, she could carry up to 90 aircraft depending on aircraft type.
During March and April, she made three North Atlantic crossings, departing on her fourth crossing on 22 April. On 21 May, her Avengers damaged German submarine U-231 and the resulting chlorine gas leak knocked out both of the boats radio transmitters forcing the boat to return to La Pallice in occupied France.
Bogue claimed her first kill on 22 May, when depth charges dropped by one of her Avengers damaged U-569 at . The Captain ordered his crew to scuttle the boat and 24 of the crew were later captured by the Canadian destroyer St. Laurent.
On 23 July, during her seventh patrol, her aircraft sank U-527 at . Twelve survivors were picked up by USS Clemson and later transferred to Bogue. The destroyer George E. Badger, part of Bogue's escort screen, sank U-613 at , while she was enroute to lay mines off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.
Bogue's eighth patrol. On 30 November, aircraft from Bogue damaged U-238 east of the Azores with rockets that killed two crew members and wounded five more, prompting the submarine to return to Brest with damage that put the boat out of service for a month.
On 12 December, U-172 was sunk on 13 December, in mid-Atlantic west of the Canary Islands by Avenger and Wildcat aircraft and attacks from the destroyers George E. Badger, Clemson, Osmond Ingram and Du Pont (DD-152). The battle between U-172 and the ships and aircraft lasted for 27 hours. U-172 sank at ., thirteen of U-172's crew were killed and 46 survived.
She then returned to her anti-submarine role. On 13 March, her Avengers, from VC-95, along with British Fortress Mk IIs from 220 Squadron, the destroyers Haverfield and Hobson, and the RCN River-class frigate Prince Rupert collectively sank U-575 at .
On 5 May, Bogue and her escorts departed Hampton Roads, Virginia, for a cruise that netted two more submarines and lasted until 2 July. Francis M. Robinson, of the screen, sank the Japanese submarine RO-501 (ex-German U-1224) on 13 May, and Bogue's Avengers sank the Japanese submarine I-52 at , on 24 June, in a torpedo attack, dropping a Mark 24 "mine". The Mark 24, code-name "Fido" and designated a "mine" for secrecy reasons. 
In April, Bogue put to sea again as an anti-submarine vessel, forming part of Captain George J. Dufek's Second Barrier Force during Operation Teardrop. On 24 April, her escort Frederick C. Davis was torpedoed and sunk by U-546. Bogue's accompanying escorts, Flaherty, Neunzer, Chatelain, Varian, Hubbard, Janssen, Pillsbury and Keith sank U-546 at .
With the war in the Atlantic over, Bogue moved to the Pacific, arriving at San Diego on 3 July. She then steamed westward to Guam, arriving on 24 July, then to Adak, Alaska, from 19 August to 6 September, then joined the "Operation Magic Carpet" fleet returning servicemen from the Pacific islands.
Post War and decommissioning
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