Aircraft Carrier in World War I - II

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During the 1920s, several navies started ordering and building aircraft carriers that were specifically designed as such. This allowed the design to be specialized to their future role and resulted in superior ships. During World War II, these ships became the backbone of the carrier forces of the United States, British, and Japanese navies, known as fleet carriers.

The aircraft carrier was used extensively in World War II, and several types were created as a result. Escort aircraft carriers, such as USS Bogue, were built only during World War II. Although some were purpose-built, most were converted from merchant ships as a stop-gap measure to provide air support for convoys and amphibious invasions. Light aircraft carriers built by the US, such as USS Independence, represented a larger, more "militarized" version of the escort carrier concept. Although the light carriers usually carried the same size air groups as escort carriers, they had the advantage of higher speed since they had been converted from cruisers under construction. The UK 1942 Design Light Fleet Carrier served the Royal Navy during the war and was the hull design chosen for nearly all aircraft carrier equipped navies after the war through the 1980's.

List of Aircraft Carrier in World War I - II:

Aircraft CarrierPictureSpesificationsCountryYear
Dixmude

France1945
Majestic class

UK1945
Midway

US1945
Commencement Bay class escort carrier

US1945
Shinano

Japan1944
Kaiyo

Japan1943
Taiho

Japan1943
Unryu

Japan1943
D├ędalo

Spain1943
Unicorn

UK1943
Colossus class

UK1943
Independence class

US1943
Sable

US1943
Implacable class

UK1942
Essex

US1942
Wolverine

US1942
Bogue class escort carrier

US1942
Sangamon class escort carrier

US1942
Casablanca class escort carrier

US1942
Avenger class escort carrier

US1941
Indomitable

UK1940
Wasp

US1940
Long Island class escort carrier

US1940
Shokaku

Japan1939
Hiyo

Japan1939
Mizuho

Japan1939
Illustrator class

UK1939
Ark Royal

UK1938
Yorktown

US1937
Chitose

Japan1936
Zuiho

Japan1935
Ranger

US1934
Ryuho

Japan1933
Commandant Teste

France1932
Ryujo

Japan1931
Bearn

France1927
Lexington

US1927
Akagi

Japan1925
Hermes

UK1923
Langley

US1922
Hosho

Japan1921
Kaga

Japan1921
Vindictive

UK1918
Eagle

UK1918
Argus

UK1916
Furious

UK1916
Glorious class

UK1916
Hermes

UK1898
La Foudre

France1895

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