Allied Warships

HMS Tracker (D 24)

Escort Carrier of the Attacker class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
ClassAttacker 
PennantD 24 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down3 Nov 1941 
Launched7 Mar 1942 
Commissioned31 Jan 1943 
End service29 Nov 1945 
History

Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Returned to the United States Navy on 29 November 1945.
Stricken by the United States Navy on 2 November 1946 and sold into merchantile service being renamed Corrientes.
Scrapped in Portugal in August 1964.

 

Commands listed for HMS Tracker (D 24)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Capt. Godfrey Christopher Dickins, RNSep 194216 Aug 1943
2Capt. (retired) Donald Scott McGrath, RN16 Aug 194317 Jan 1944
3A/Capt. John Herbert Huntley, RN17 Jan 1944Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Tracker include:


26 Aug 1943
HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Tracker (Capt.(Retd.) D.S. McGrath, RN) and HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (1)

1944

These photographs were taken in 1944.
Photographs with thanks to David Tolley who's father (marked in the last photograph) Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.

3 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-288 was sunk in the Barents Sea east of Bear Island, in position 73°44'N, 27°12'E, by depth charges and rockets from a Swordfish (819 Sqn FAA) and an Avenger/Wildcat team (846 Sqn FAA) of the British escort carriers HMS Activity and HMS Tracker.

For the following sequence of photographs that show U-288 being attacked shortly before sinking we would like to thank David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.

26 Sep 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Larne with aircraft from HMS Tracker (A/Capt. J.H. Huntley, RN). (2)

13 Oct 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Larne with aircraft from HMS Premier (A/Capt. R.J. Gardner, RN). (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18446
  2. ADM 173/19227
  3. ADM 173/19288

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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