HMS Searcher (D 40)
Escort Carrier of the Attacker class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||20 Feb 1942|
|Launched||20 Jun 1942|
|Commissioned||3 Apr 1943|
|End service||29 Nov 1945|
Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Commands listed for HMS Searcher (D 40)
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|1||Capt. Gerald Oulton Colthurst Davies, RN||15 Feb 1943||23 Jan 1945|
|2||Capt. John William Grant, DSO, RN||23 Jan 1945||Oct 1945 ?|
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Notable events involving Searcher include:
4 May 1945
German U-boat U-711 was sunk at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway, in position 68°43,7'N, 16°34,6'E, by depth charges from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (846, 853 and 882 Sqn FAA) of the British escort carriers HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen.
- ADM 173/19949
- ADM 173/20039
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.