USS Santee (CVE 29)
Escort carrier of the Sangamon class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||31 May 1938|
|Launched||4 Mar 1939|
|Commissioned||24 Aug 1942|
|End service||21 Oct 1946|
Launched as the Esso Seakay (hull 3). Aquired by the US Navy on 18 October 1940 and became the navy tanker AO-29 on 30 October 1940. converted to escort carrier at Norfolk Navy Yard being commissioned on 24 August 1942. Torpedoed on 25 October 1944 and damaged by aircraft accident in July 1945. Decommissioned 21 October 1946. Stricken 1 March 1959. Sold 5 December 1959 and scrapped in 1960.
Commands listed for USS Santee (CVE 29)
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|1||Cdr. William Gibb Bartlett Hatch, USN||30 Oct 1940||early 42|
|2||Capt. William Dodge Sample, USN||24 Aug 1942||22 May 1943|
|3||T/Capt. Harold Foster Fick, USN||22 May 1943||11 Jul 1944 (1)|
|4||T/Capt. Robert Edwin Blick, USN||11 Jul 1944||27 Jan 1945|
|5||T/Capt. John Valdemar Peterson, USN||27 Jan 1945||21 Feb 1946 (1)|
|6||T/Capt. Jesse Samuel McClure, USN||21 Feb 1946||21 Oct 1946 (1)|
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Notable events involving Santee include:
14 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-160 was sunk south of the Azores, in position 33°54'N, 27°13'W, by aerial torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (from VC-29) of the US escort carrier USS Santee.
15 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-509 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-west of Madeira, in position 34°02'N, 26°01'W, by aerial (Fido) torpedoes from "Avenger" aircraft (VC-29) of the US escort carrier USS Santee.
30 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-43 was sunk south-west of the Azores, in position 34°57'N, 35°11'W, by a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger aircraft (VC-29 USN/T-13), assisted by a Wildcat aircraft (VC-29 USN/F-2), of the US escort carrier USS Santee.
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