HMS Reaper (1944) CVE (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Reaper was a
Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as
USS Winjah, CVE 34, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp at Seattle, laid down 05-Jun-1943, launched 22-Nov-1943, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 18-Feb-1944.
Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver, and lasted until May-1944.
Allocated to Western Approaches Command and used mainly as a ferry carrier.
Loaned to the US Navy Jan-1945 as a ferry carrier until May 1945.
Sailed to join the British Pacific Fleet 23-Jul-1945.
Returned to the UK to de-store at the Clyde 27-Mar-1946.
Returned to the US Navy 20-May-1946.
Later sold as the merchant ship South Africa Star.
Broken up at Japan May-1967.
Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1944.
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30 May, 2012.
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