Allied Warships

HMS Biter (D 97)

Escort carrier of the Avenger / Charger class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort carrier
ClassAvenger / Charger 
PennantD 97 
Built bySun Shipbuilding (Chester, U.S.A.) 
Laid down28 Dec 1939 
Launched18 Dec 1940 
Commissioned5 May 1942 
End service 

15th September 1941. Aquired for the Royal Navy. Ex USN ship Rio Parana. To French navy as Dixmude in 1945


Commands listed for HMS Biter (D 97)

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1Capt. Edward Michael Conolly Abel Smith, RNJan 1942Jul 1943
2Capt. Lennox Albert Knox Boswell, DSO, RNJul 1943May 1944
3A/Capt. Alexander Noel Campbell Bingley, OBE, RNMay 1944???

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Notable events involving Biter include:

25 Apr 1943
German U-boat U-203 was sunk south of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 55°05'N, 42°25'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (811 Sqn FAA/L) of the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN) and by the British destroyer HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN).

12 May 1943
German U-boat U-89 was sunk in the Northern Atlantic, in position 46°30'N, 25°40'W by a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 811) from the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN), the British destroyer HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chevasse, RN) and the British frigate HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR).

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