From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bogue is a sound in North Carolina.

(ACV-9: dp. 9800; l. 495'8"; b. 111'6"; dr. 26'; s. 18 k.; cpl. 890; a. 2 5"; cl. Bogue)

Bogue was originally classified AVG-9, but was changed to ACV-9, 20 August 1942; CVE-9, 15 July 1943; and CVHP-9, 12 June 1955. She was launched 15 January 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, Wash., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. W. Miller, Jr., wife of Lieutenant Commander Miller; transferred to the Navy 1 May 1942; and commissioned 26 September 1942, Captain G. E. Short in command.

After an extensive shakedown and repair period Bogue joined the Atlantic Fleet in February 1943 as the nucleus of the pioneer American anti-submarine hunter-killer group. During March and April 1943 she made three North Atlantic crossings but sank no submarines. She departed on her fourth crossing 22 April and got her first submarine 22 May when her aircraft sank U-569 in 5040' N., 3521' W. During her fifth North Atlantic cruise her planes sank two German submarines: U-217 in 3018' N., 4250' W., 5 June and U-118 in 3049' N. 3349' W., 12 June. On 23 July 1943, during her seventh patrol, her planes sank U-527 in 3525' N., 2756' W. George E. Badger (DD-126), of her screen, sank U-613 during this patrol.

Bogue's eighth patrol was her most productive with three German submarines sunk: U-86 by planes, 29 November 1943 in 3933' N., 1901' W., U-172 by planes, George E. Badger,DuPont (DD-152), Clemson (DD-186), and Osmond Ingram (DD-255), 13 December in 2619' N., 2958' W.; and U-850 by planes, 20 December in 3254' N., 3701' W.

Bogue had a break from her anti-submarine operations during January and February 1944 when she carried a cargo of Army fighters to Glasgow, Scotland. The carrier then returned to her anti-submarine role and on 13 March her aircraft teamed with British planes, Haverfield (DE-393), Hobson (DD-464), and HMCS Prince Rupert to sink U-575 in 4618' N., 2734' W.

On 5 May 1944 Bogue and her escorts departed Hampton Roads, Va., for a cruise that netted two more submarines and lasted until 2 July. Francis M. Robinson (DE-220), of the screen, sank the Japanese RO-501 (ex-German U-1224) on 13 May and Bogue's planes sank the Japanese I-52 in 1516' N. 3955' W., on 24 June. During the next cruise, 24 July-24 September 1944, Bogue's planes sank another German submarine, U-1229, 20 August in 4220' N., 5139' W.

Following her return in September 1944 Bogue operated on training missions out of Bermuda and Quonset Point, R. I., until February 1945 when she made a trip to Liverpool, England, with Army planes. In April 1945 she put to sea again as an anti-submarine vessel, forming part of Captain G. J. Dufek's Second Barrier Force. On 24 April success came as Flaherty (DE-135), Neunzer (DE-150), Chatelain (DE-149), Varian (DE-798), Hubbard (DE-211), Janssen (DE-396), Pillsbury (DE-133) and Keith (DE-241) sank U-546. This was the last of 13 submarines sunk by Bogue or her escorts.

With the war in the Atlantic over, Bogue moved to the Pacific, arriving at San Diego 3 July 1945. She then steamed westward to Guam, arriving 24 July. She made a trip to Adak, Alaska (19 August 6 September 1945), and then joined the "Magic Carpet" fleet returning servicemen from the Pacific islands. She was placed out of commission in reserve 30 November 1946 at Tacoma, Wash.

Bogue received a Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars for her World War II service.