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World War 2 Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/7/2016

The battleship as a primary instrument of naval warfare officially passed the torch to the new King of the Sea - the aircraft carrier.





There are a total of (51) World War 2 Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1941
Aquila
The Aquila (meaning "Eagle") was a proposed aircraft carrier whose construction began in 1941 but wa... [Read More]
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1927
FS Bearn
The French aircraft carrier Bearn was based on the hull of the Normandie-class of French battleships... [Read More]
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1938
Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
Nazi Germanys first and only carriers were proposed as part of the Z plan for the buildup of the fle... [Read More]
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1918
HMS Argus (I49)
The British Royal Navy's HMS Argus was an early-form aircraft carrier hastily-developed during World... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the HMS Argus (I49)

1938
HMS Ark Royal (91)
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1914
HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
Even prior to World War 1, the British Royal Navy was working on an aircraft carrier concept. It too... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Audacity (D10)
The British navy has always produced ships that were on the leading edge of naval technology - HMS V... [Read More]
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1924
HMS Eagle
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1917
HMS Furious (47)
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1924
HMS Hermes (95)
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Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (95)

1941
HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious was the result of the growing British naval arms movement amidst rising tensions in E... [Read More]
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1945
HMS Warrior (R31)
With World War 2 in full swing and the British commitment continuing to grow, a new Colossus-class l... [Read More]
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1927
IJN Akagi
The IJN Akagi was born from a battlecruiser class design consisting of the Akagi and the Amagi. Thes... [Read More]
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1939
IJN Hiryu
The aircraft carrier made its debut in the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918) but its true impact w... [Read More]
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1922
IJN Hosho
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1944
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy we... [Read More]
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1928
IJN Kaga
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1933
IJN Ryujo
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1945
IJN Shinano
The IJN Shinano served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a large fleet carrier during World War 2.... [Read More]
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1941
IJN Shokaku
The Shokaku (or "Flying Crane") was the lead ship of a two-strong Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) aircr... [Read More]
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1937
IJN Soryu
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1944
IJN Taiho
The Japanese Navy ranked as the third most powerful ocean-going force on the planet prior to World W... [Read More]
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1940
IJN Zuiho
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1941
IJN Zuikaku
The Japanese fleet carrier Zuikaku ("Lucky Crane") and her sister ship, Shokaku ("Happy Crane") were... [Read More]
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1944
USS Attu (CVE-102)
The USS Attu was an escort aircraft carrier serving with the United States Navy in World War 2. She ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
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1940
USS Dixmude (A-609)
The French escort carrier Dixmude A-609 was built in the United States in 1939 first named as the Ri... [Read More]
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1938
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
The original "Big E", the USS Enterprise of World War 2 fame, became one of the most storied vessels... [Read More]
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1942
USS Essex (CV-9)
With the various post-World War 1 naval treaties no longer enforceable thanks to the withdrawal of n... [Read More]
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1944
USS Franklin (CV-13)
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1945
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Even before the situation in the European Campaign of World War 2 (1939-1945) had settled, American ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
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1943
USS Hornet (CV-12)
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1941
USS Hornet (CV-8)
When launched, the USS Hornet (CV-8) became the seventh ship in United States naval history to carry... [Read More]
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1943
USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22) was a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier ordered in the build up to W... [Read More]
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1943
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
The USS Intrepid served the United States Navy throughout World War 2 and beyond. The vessel was des... [Read More]
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1943
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langle... [Read More]
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1943
USS Langley (CVL-27)
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1927
USS Lexington (CV-2)
The USS Lexington (CV-2) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) both served the United States Navy well in the ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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1934
USS Ranger (CV-4)
The USS Ranger (CV-4) was the first aircraft carrier for the US Navy to be specifically designed and... [Read More]
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1924
USS Sable (IX-81)
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1943
USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
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1943
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
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1927
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3) was identical to her sister (and lead ship of the class) the USS Lexington (CV-2... [Read More]
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1944
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
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1940
USS Wasp (CV-7)
The USS Wasp (CV-7) was a conventionally aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy dur... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
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1943
USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
The USS Yorktown (CV-10, CVA-10, CVS-10) was born from the fighting of World War 2 and persevered th... [Read More]
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1937
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
The United States Navy resurrected the "Yorktown" name several times during its history and the USS ... [Read More]
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