|Ship Class||Ranger-class Aircraft Carrier|
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|4 Jun 1934Â||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 1942Â||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 1943Â||USS Ranger launched USAAF P-40 aircraft off Accra, Gold Coast to reinforce Allied forces fighting in North Africa.|
|4 Oct 1943Â||The American aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, despatched her air group to attack German shipping at BodÃ¸, 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 1944Â||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 1944Â||Fleet carrier USS Ranger and escort carrier USS Card arrived at Casablanca in French Morocco.|
|7 May 1944Â||Fleet carrier USS Ranger and escort carrier USS Card departed Casablanca in French Morocco bound for New York.|
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