Allied Warships

HMS Searcher (D 40)

Escort Carrier of the Attacker class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 40 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Feb 1942 
Launched20 Jun 1942 
Commissioned3 Apr 1943 
End service29 Nov 1945 

Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Returned to the United States Navy on 29 November 1945.
Stricken by the United States Navy on 7 February 1946.
Sold into merchantile service being renamed Captain Theo.
Renamed Oriental Banker in 1965.
Scrapped in Taiwan in April 1976.


Commands listed for HMS Searcher (D 40)

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1Capt. Gerald Oulton Colthurst Davies, RN15 Feb 194323 Jan 1945
2Capt. John William Grant, DSO, RN23 Jan 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Searcher include:

22 Feb 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area during with HMS Searcher (Capt. J.W. Grant, DSO, RN). (1)

15 Mar 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. H.S. May, RN) conducts exercises with HMS Searcher (Capt. J.W. Grant, DSO, RN). (2)

4 May 1945
German U-boat U-711 was sunk at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway, in position 68°43,7'N, 16°34,6'E, by depth charges from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (846, 853 and 882 Sqn FAA) of the British escort carriers HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen.


  1. ADM 173/19949
  2. ADM 173/20039

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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