HMS Tracker (D 24)
Escort Carrier of the Attacker class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||3 Nov 1941|
|Launched||7 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||31 Jan 1943|
|End service||29 Nov 1945|
Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Commands listed for HMS Tracker (D 24)
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|1||A/Capt. Godfrey Christopher Dickins, RN||Sep 1942||16 Aug 1943|
|2||Capt. (retired) Donald Scott McGrath, RN||16 Aug 1943||17 Jan 1944|
|3||A/Capt. John Herbert Huntley, RN||17 Jan 1944||Oct 1945 ?|
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Notable events involving Tracker include:
These photographs were taken in 1944. Photographs with thanks to David Tolley who's father (marked in the last photograph) Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.
7 Jan 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with aircraft from HMS Tracker (Capt.(Retd.) D.S. McGrath, RN). Also a practice attack on HMS Tracker was made. (2)
3 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-288 was sunk in the Barents Sea east of Bear Island, in position 73°44'N, 27°12'E, by depth charges and rockets from a Swordfish (819 Sqn FAA) and an Avenger/Wildcat team (846 Sqn FAA) of the British escort carriers HMS Activity and HMS Tracker.
For the following sequence of photographs that show U-288 being attacked shortly before sinking we would like to thank David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.
- ADM 173/18446
- ADM 173/19334
- ADM 173/19227
- ADM 173/19288
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.