(AVC-9: dp. 9800; l. 495'8"; b. 111'6"; dr. 26'; s. 18 k.; cpl. 890; a. 2 5"; cl. Bogue)
Bogue is a sound in North Carolina.
Bogue was originally classified AVG-9, but was changed to ACV-9, 20 August 1942; CVE-9, 15 July 1943; and CVHE-9, 12 June 1955. She was launched 15 January 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, Wash., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. W. Miller, Jr., wife of Lieutenant Commander Miller; transferred to the Navy 1 May 1942; and commissioned 26 September 1942, Captain G. E. Short in command.
After an extensive shakedown and repair period Bogue joined the Atlantic Fleet in February 1943 as the nucleus of the pioneer American anti-submarine hunter-killer group. During March and April 1943 she made three north Atlantic crossings but sank no submarines. She departed on her fourth crossing 22 April and got her first submarine 22 May when her aircraft sank U-569 in 50 degrees 40 minutes north, 35 degrees 21 minutes west. During her fifth North Atlantic cruise her planes sank two German submarines: U-217 in 30 degrees 18 minutes north, 42 degrees 50 minutes west, 5 June and U-527 in 35 degrees 25 minutes north, 27 degrees 56 minutes west. George E. Badger (DD-126), of her screen, sank U-613 during this patrol.
Bogue's eighth patrol was her most productive with three German submarines sunk: U-86 by planes, 29 November 1943 in 39 degrees 33 minutes north, 19 degrees 1 minute west; U-172 by planes, George E. Badger, DuPont (DD-152), 13 December in 26 degrees 19 minutes north, 29 degrees 58 minutes west; and U-850 by planes, 20 December in 32 degrees 54 minutes north, 37 degrees 1 minute west.
Bogue had a break from her anti-submarine operations during January and February 1944 when she carried a cargo of Army fighters to Glasgow, Scotland. The carrier then returned to her anti-submarine role and on 13 March her aircraft teamed with British planes, Haverfield (DE393), Hobson (DD-464), and HMCS Prince Rupert to sink U-575 in 46 degrees 18 minutes north, 27 degrees 34 minutes west.
On 5 May 1944 Bogue and her escorts departed Hampton roads, Va., for a cruise that netted two more submarines and lasted until 2 July. Francis M. Robinson (DE-220), of the screen, sank the Japanese RO-501 (ex-German U-1224) on 13 May and Bogue's planes sank the Japanese I-52 in 15 degrees 16 minutes north, 39 degrees 55 minutes west, on 24 June. During the next cruise, 24 July-24 September 1944, Bogue's planes sank another German submarine, U-1229, 20 August in 42 degrees 20 minutes north, 51 degrees 39 minutes west.
Following her return in September 1944 Bogue operated on training missions out of Bermuda and Quonset Point, R. I., until February 1945 when she made a trip to Liverpool, England, with Army planes. In April 1945 she put to sea again as an anti-submarine vessel, forming part of Captain G. J. Dufek's Second Barrier Force. On 24 April success came as Flaherty (DE-135), Neunzer (DE-150), Chatelain (DE-149), Varian (DE-798), Hubbard (DE-211) sank U-546. This was the last of 13 submarines sunk by Bogue or her escorts.
With the war in the Atlantic over, Bogue moved to the Pacific, arriving at San Diego 3 July 1945. She then steamed westward to Guam, arriving 24 July. She made a trip to Adak, Alaska (19 August-6 September 1945), and then joined the "Magic Carpet" fleet returning servicemen from the Pacific islands. She was placed out of commission in reserve 30 November 1946 at Tacoma, Wash. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 March 1959.
Bogue received a Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars for her World War II service.
30 January 2006