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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Adria Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid September 18 1944 as Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull
    Launched November 9 1944 as FLEMISH BEND
    Acquired by U.S. Navy March 31 1945 and renamed

    Commissioned April 17 1945 - Decommissioned July 29 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission July 29 1946
    Reacquired from Maritime Commission and assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service July 27 1951 - Placed Out of Service April 1973

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1973
    Scrapped 1974


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1946-56)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Naval Commissioning April 17 1945 to July 29 1946


Locy Type


JonBurdett bondia af42 19450619.JPG
JonBurdett bondia af42 19450619 cc.jpg

As AF-42
Censored wartime (WWII) use
Posted from another ship or station...Ship had no post office


Locy Type
F.P.O. 2
San Francisco CA


JonBurdett bondia af42 19460327.jpg
JonBurdett bondia af42 19460327 cc.jpg

As AF-42
Official Business

MSTS Service July 27 1951 to April 1973


Army/Air Force
Postal Service
Machine Postmark

APO 677


GregCiesielski Bondia TAF42 19561006 1 Front.jpg

No Image

As T-AF-42


Army/Air Force
Postal Service
Machine Postmark

APO 23


GregCiesielski Bondia TAF42 19620609 1 Front.jpg

No Image

As T-AF-42
1962 Arctic Operations.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A large planetoid discovered in 1913.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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