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USS Willapa was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on May 21, 1943 and launched on November 8, the same year. It was commissioned on February 5, 1944 as HMS Puncher with the hull number D-79 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on February 16, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA, struck from the Navy List on March 12, 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1973 in Taiwan.