HMS Biter (D 97)
Escort carrier of the Avenger / Charger class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Avenger / Charger|
|Built by||Sun Shipbuilding (Chester, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||28 Dec 1939|
|Launched||18 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||5 May 1942|
15th September 1941. Aquired for the Royal Navy. Ex USN ship Rio Parana. To French navy as Dixmude in 1945
Commands listed for HMS Biter (D 97)
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|1||Capt. Edward Michael Conolly Abel Smith, RN||Jan 1942||Jul 1943|
|2||Capt. Lennox Albert Knox Boswell, DSO, RN||Jul 1943||May 1944|
|3||A/Capt. Alexander Noel Campbell Bingley, OBE, RN||May 1944||???|
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Notable events involving Biter include:
25 Apr 1943
German U-boat U-203 was sunk south of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 55°05'N, 42°25'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (811 Sqn FAA/L) of the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN) and by the British destroyer HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN).
12 May 1943
German U-boat U-89 was sunk in the Northern Atlantic, in position 46°30'N, 25°40'W by a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 811) from the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN), the British destroyer HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chevasse, RN) and the British frigate HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR).