el cid again -> RE: USS Wake Island & Block Island and Others (11/13/2012 5:11:36 AM)
I found three more ships which served in the Atlantic before the Pacific - but which appear too soon
Tulagi Slot 3103 - departed Balboa 441021 for PTO duty
Shamrock Bay Slot 3104 - departed Balboa 441118 for PTO duty
Kassan Bay Slot 3105 - departed Balboa 441126 For PTO duty
However, the cake must go to USS Block Island, which, on her fourth tour of Atlantic ASW duty,
was sunk - never to operate in PTO at all. Nevertheless, she is in slot 3109.
USS Block Island (CVE-21/AVG-21/ACV-21) was a Bogue-class escort carrier for the United States Navy during World War II. She was the first of two escort carriers named after Block Island Sound off Rhode Island. Block Island was launched on 6 June 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation of Seattle, Washington, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. H. B. Hutchinson, wife of Commander Hutchinson; transferred to the United States Navy on 1 May 1942; and commissioned on 8 March 1943, Captain Logan C. Ramsey in command. Originally classified AVG-21, she became ACV-21 on 20 August 1942, and CVE-21 on 15 July 1943.
1 Service history
3 See also
 Service historyDeparting San Diego, California in May 1943, Block Island steamed to Norfolk, Virginia, to join the Atlantic Fleet. After two trips from New York City to Belfast, United Kingdom, during the summer of 1943 with cargoes of Army fighters, she operated as part of a hunter-killer group. During her four anti-submarine cruises, Block Islands planes sank two submarines: U-220 in WikiMiniAtlas
4853N 3330W / 48.883N 33.5W / 48.883; -33.5 (German submarine U-220) on 28 October 1943 and U-1059 in WikiMiniAtlas
1310N 3344W / 13.167N 33.733W / 13.167; -33.733 (German submarine U-1059) on 19 March 1944. She shared credit with destroyer Corry and destroyer escort Bronstein for the sinking of U-801 in WikiMiniAtlas
1642N 3020W / 16.7N 30.333W / 16.7; -30.333 (German submarine U-801) on 17 March 1944 and with Buckley for U-66 sunk on 6 May 1944 in WikiMiniAtlas
1717N 3229W / 17.283N 32.483W / 17.283; -32.483 (German submarine U-66). Thomas, Bostwick, Borie and Bronstein sank U-709 on 1 March 1943 and the same day Bronstein got U-603.
 SinkingBlock Island was torpedoed off the Canary Islands at 20:13 on 29 May 1944. U-549 had slipped undetected through her screen. The submarine put three torpedoes into the carrier before being sunk herself by Eugene E. Elmore and Ahrens of the screen in WikiMiniAtlas
3113N 2303W / 31.217N 23.05W / 31.217; -23.05 (German submarine U-549).