CountryUnited States
Ship ClassRanger-class Aircraft Carrier


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Ranger Operational Timeline

4 Jun 1934 America's fourth aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, was commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, United States under the command of Captain A. L. Bristol. Although smaller than the USS Lexington and USS Saratoga, Ranger was the first US carrier to be designed and built as such from the keel up. Ranger which cost $20,000,000 to build incorporated many design features that led to the more functional vessels of World War II.
19 Jul 1942 Off Accra, British West Africa (now Ghana), USS Ranger launched 72 P-40F fighters for transfer to nearby airfields; they were destined to reinforce the 10th Air Force in India.
19 Jan 1943 USS Ranger launched USAAF P-40 aircraft off Accra, Gold Coast to reinforce Allied forces fighting in North Africa.
4 Oct 1943 The American aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, despatched her air group to attack German shipping at Bodø, Norway. The Ranger's Dauntless and Avenger aircraft sank or damaged ten ships for the loss of five aircraft. This action would be the only carrier strike to be conducted by the US Navy in Northern European waters.
23 Apr 1944 With fleet carrier USS Ranger loaded with 76 US Army P-38 Lightning aircraft and escort carrier USS Card loaded with 100 US Army P-51 Mustang fighters and 204 US Army personnel, both ships, along with their escorts, departed New York bound for Casablanca in French Morocco.
4 May 1944 Fleet carrier USS Ranger and escort carrier USS Card arrived at Casablanca in French Morocco.
7 May 1944 Fleet carrier USS Ranger and escort carrier USS Card departed Casablanca in French Morocco bound for New York.


Launching of carrier Ranger, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 25 Feb 1933USS Ranger transiting the Pedro Miguel Locks of the Panama Canal, Apr 7 1935.USS Lexington (left), USS Ranger (center), USS Langley (lower center), USS Saratoga (right), and other warships at anchor off Panama, 1936USS Ranger (foreground), USS Lexington (center), and USS Saratoga (background) at anchor off Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 8 Apr 1936
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1. James Postell says:
29 May 2021 04:40:55 PM

My father, Lake E. Postell, was a Petty Officer aboard the USS Ranger during WWII. The Ranger was the first and last carrier to have two conning towers. None of the single conning tower pics are actually of the Ranger.

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Launching of carrier Ranger, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 25 Feb 1933
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