Built by New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY. Laid down December 15, 1942. Launched February 28, 1944. Commissioned August 6, 1944 as USS Bennington CV-20 named after Bennington, Vermont the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington. For her World War II service she earned three battle stars.
On February 18, 1945 during the afternoon launched 16 fighters, 11 dive bombers and 11 Avengers on a strike against shipping and shore installations at Futami Bay on Chi Chi Jima. The strike inflicted damage on small ships, the seaplane base and waterfront sites in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire that damaged TBM Avenger 22889 (MIA) causing it to collide with TBM Avenger 22904 (1 rescued, 2 MIA).
On January 15, 1970 decommissioned from the Navy. On September 20, 1989 sold for scrap. On January 12, 1994 towed across the Pacific Ocean to India and broken up for scrap.
NavSource USS Bennington (CV-20) (later CVA-20 and CVS-20) (photos)
NARA U. S. S. Bennington CV-20 Action Report For Period 10 February -- 2 March 1945 page 3, 10, 12
(Page 3) "Bennington planes (16 VF, 11 VB, 11 VT) joined others in a strike on shipping and harbor installations, northern part of Futami Bay, Chichi Jima. Heavy AA encountered. Lost or missing: 2 VT, 1 VB, 2 pilots, and 5 aircrew men. Damage inflicted on small ships, seaplane base and waterfront shops."
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August 4, 2020