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WW2 Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945)

The aircraft carrier officially supplanted the mighty battleship as the primary instrument of naval warfare during World War 2.

WW2 Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945)

The aircraft carrier officially supplanted the mighty battleship as the primary instrument of naval warfare during World War 2.

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There are a total of 65 WW2 Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.

This listing also includes Escort Carriers which proved popular as dimensionally smaller, economically-minded warships during the period.






#1
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Aquila
Aquila
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#2
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Bearn
FS Bearn
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#3
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Argus (I49)
HMS Argus (I49)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier / Barracks Ship
#4
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Ark Royal (91)
HMS Ark Royal (91)
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#5
1914
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
Seaplane Carrier
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Audacity (D10)
HMS Audacity (D10)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#7
1924
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Eagle
HMS Eagle
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#8
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Furious (47)
HMS Furious (47)
Battlecruiser Warship / Converted Aircraft Carrier
#9
1924
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Hermes (95)
HMS Hermes (95)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#10
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Unicorn (I72)
HMS Unicorn (I72)
Maintenance Aircraft Carrier
#11
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious (R38)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#12
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Warrior (R31)
HMS Warrior (R31)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#13
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Akagi
IJN Akagi
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#14
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Chiyoda
IJN Chiyoda
Seaplane Tender / Light Aircraft Carrier
#15
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Hiryu
IJN Hiryu
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#16
1922
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Hosho
IJN Hosho
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#17
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
Aircraft-Carrying Diesel-Electric Submarine
#18
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Ise
IJN Ise
Dreadnought Battleship / Hybrid Aircraft Carrier
#19
1929
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Kaga
IJN Kaga
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#20
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Mogami
IJN Mogami
Light / Heavy Cruiser Warship / Aircraft Cruiser
#21
1933
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Ryujo
IJN Ryujo
Aircraft Carrier
#22
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Shinano
IJN Shinano
Aircraft Carrier
#23
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Shoho
IJN Shoho
Converted Light Carrier
#24
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Shokaku
IJN Shokaku
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#25
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Soryu
IJN Soryu
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#26
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Taiho
IJN Taiho
Aircraft Carrier
#27
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Tone
IJN Tone
Light / Heavy Cruiser Warship / Floatplane Carrier
#28
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Zuiho
IJN Zuiho
Converted Light Carrier
#29
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Zuikaku
IJN Zuikaku
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#30
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the KMS Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
KMS Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Project
#31
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Antietam (CV-36)
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#32
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Attu (CVE-102)
USS Attu (CVE-102)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#33
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Bogue (CVE-9)
USS Bogue (CVE-9)
Escort Carrier / Aircraft Carrier Warship
#34
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#35
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Cabot (CVL-28)
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#36
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
Comventilonally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#37
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Dixmude (A-609)
USS Dixmude (A-609)
Aircraft Transport / Escort Carrier
#38
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Enterprise (CV-6)
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#39
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Essex (CV-9)
USS Essex (CV-9)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#40
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Franklin (CV-13)
USS Franklin (CV-13)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#41
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#42
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
Escort Carrier
#43
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Hancock (CV-19)
USS Hancock (CV-19)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#44
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Hornet (CV-12)
USS Hornet (CV-12)
Aircraft Carrier
#45
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Hornet (CV-8)
USS Hornet (CV-8)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#46
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22)
Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#47
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Intrepid (CV-11)
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#48
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
Escort Carrier
#49
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#50
1922
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Langley (CV-1)
USS Langley (CV-1)
Turbo Electrical-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#51
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Langley (CVL-27)
USS Langley (CVL-27)
Conventionall-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#52
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Lexington (CV-2)
USS Lexington (CV-2)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#53
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#54
1934
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#55
1924
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Sable (IX-81)
USS Sable (IX-81)
Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
#56
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
Light Aircraft Carrier
#57
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
Aircraft Carrier
#58
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#59
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#60
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS St. Lo (CVE-63)
USS St. Lo (CVE-63)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#61
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#62
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Wasp (CV-7)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#63
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Wolverine (IX-64)
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
#64
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#65
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-5)
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier