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U.S.S. BUNKER HILL

(CV-17)

The Fighting Lady

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USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)

CV-17 USS Bunker Hill was one of many aircraft carriers of the Essex class built in the early 1940s. Commissioned in 1943, the ship completed training and small missions in the Atlantic before being sent to the Pacific to help during World War II attacks on Japan, Rabaul and the conquest of the Gilberts.

Bunker Hill also supported the invasion of Saipan and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Two crewmen were killed in the battle with the Philippines due to a bomb that hit nearby, but the damage to the ship was minimal. She remained in the war with Japan through the majority of 1944 before being sent home for repairs and modernization.

She was quickly repaired and returned to the Western Pacific in 1945 to help with the Iwo Jima invasion and raids on the home islands of Japan. She was a flagship of Task Force 58 and was very involved in the Okinawa campaign. In May of that year, the Bunker Hill lost almost 400 crewmembers after two attacks by suicide planes.

She was repaired and used for transport for the rest of the year and then placed out of commission before undergoing three reclassifications through 1959. Bunker Hill was then used for stationary electronics testing through the 1970s until she was sold for scrapping in 1973.

CV-17 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1941 Keel Date: 15 SEP 1941
at Fore River Shipyard
DEC 1942 Launch Date: 7 DEC 1942
MAY 1943 Commissioned: 24 MAY 1943
OCT 1943 - MAY 1945 Pacific ship attack-1945
OCT 1943 - Shellback Initiation - 26 OCT 1943 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1943 - OCT 1944 South Pacific/Island Hopping
MAY 1945 - MAY 1945 Kamakaze Attack/She took Two within 30 seconds-May 11 1945
JAN 1947 Decommissioned: 9 JAN 1947

CV-17 General Specifications

Class: Essex-class aircraft carrier

Named for: The Battle of Bunker Hill

Complement: 2600 Officers and Enlisted

Length: 820 feet

Draft: 28 feet 5 inches

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap in 1973