Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding. Built under a Maritime Commission contract as hull number 236, type C3-S-A1. Laid down on January 19, 1942. Comissioned February 20, 1943. During World War II, Barnes earned three battle stars.
Captured Japanese Aircraft
On November 3, 1945 departed Japan bound for the United States. Aboard were 145 captured Japanese aircraft, being transported to the United States for technical evaluation.
Among the 145 aircraft transported were:
Four J1N1 Irvings including: J1N1-Sa Irving 7334, four N1K2 Georges including:
N1K2-J George 71, N1K2-J George 533, N1K2-J George 5128 and N1K2-J George 5341, C6N1-S Myrt and J7W1 Shinden.
Arriving in March 1946, Barnes remained on the west coast for a period of time and then steamed to Boston, where she was placed out of commission in reserve August 29, 1946. On June 12, 1955 redesignated as a helicopter escort carrier (CVHE-20).
On March 1, 1959 stricken for disposal and afterwards sold for scrap.
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August 4, 2020