Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 28, 2012 19:49:30 GMT 12
The RMS Rangitira was one of the luxury liners of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand's line. In WWII it became a (part time) troopship which I understood was under the control of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
So I am puzzled by an entry in the Operations Record Book of No. 3 (BR) Squadron for 1st of March 1944 where the anti-submarine escort flown by Hudsons of the squadron that day were for what it records the USS Rangitira.
Did the US Navy take temporary control of the ship too when they were moving US troops perhaps?
Usually when the RNZN took over a civil ship for troop movements it was given a code name and the title HMNZS at the front of its name, such as HMNZS Wahine. So did the US Navy take over this ship in the same way, for a temporary job?