Last US carrier lost in WWII USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95): A very impressive perspective seeing her bow-on like this, while loading Douglas SBD Dauntless scout bombers from a barge, circa 1944. Possibly at San Diego (Pt. Loma in background)? A Casablanca class escort carrier, she was launched in April, 1944 by Kaiser in Vancouver, Washington. Only 10 months later she would be sunk in action, the eleventh and last American aircraft carrier lost during World War II.