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PostPosted: Sat 12 Apr 2014 13:31 pm 
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Modelling notes : 1/700 Skywave USS Livermore and Skywave Luftwaffe Aircraft 1. The USS Livermore has been given the DD-419 Hull number to represent the USS Wainwright.
A Tribute to the WWII U.S.Navy “Tincans” and their crews.
I have always been stirred by the actions of the Royal Navy (and Commonwealth) Destroyers and their crews and have enjoyed reading about their exploits. Where does one start? Narvik, Dunkirk, Crete, Battle of the Barents Sea, the list is long and Glorious. There is, however, another Navy where the Destroyers can match the exploits of their Royal Navy colleagues, the U.S. Navy.

For those not familiar with the Battle of Leyte Gulf I can only suggest that you treat yourself and read about this incredible Battle. This Battle was in effect a series of Battles across the Phillipine Sea including the remarkable action in the San Bernadino Strait and the awe inspiring Battle off Samar. In the Battle off Samar a Japanese striking force of four Battleships (incl the Yamato), six heavy Cruisers, two light Cruisers and eleven Destroyers was headed for the U.S. unprotected anchorage, when they came across the 16 Escort Carriers of “Taffy 1, 2 and 3” in their path. This should have been a one-sided slaughter but the Japanese were in for a surprise. The escort carriers tried to run while launching anything that could fly armed with anything to hand. Bombs, rockets, depth charges were all heaved aboard the carrier aircraft and they were sent into the attack as soon as they could take off. For a lot of this time some of the carriers were under heavy and direct fire with their own single 5” guns spitting defiance at the approaching Japanese Fleet. Meanwhile their escorts were writing a glorious page in the history of the U.S.Navy.

As the Japanese fleet attacked, the U.S.Navy Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts placed themselves between the their charges and the Japanese. These plucky ships closed the Japanese and attacked with everything they had, The five inch gunss barked as quickly as their crews could load while the 40mm and 20mm AA guns poured fire onto anything Japanese. This Battle was fought at surprisingly close quarters with the U.S. Navy Tincans getting amongst the Japanese Fleet and peppering the upper works of the Japanese ships with five inch fire and causing a lot of damage …. I would like to go on but this a Modelling Forum, so I hope I have inspired you to read more. You will be stirred.

The diorama below was inspired by this action and also another moment of “Tincan” glory. When PQ-17 sailed to Russia she was given a Cruiser escort of R.N. And U.S.N. Cruisers with their own Destroyer Escort. One of these Destroyers, the U.S.S. Wainwright (DD-419) had joined PQ-17 to refuel when a German air attack came. The U.S.S. Wainwright broke off from refuelling and stood out 4,000 yards from the Convoy and took the approaching Heinkels under fire. This was most unexpected by both the Escort commander and the Germans. The Wainwright put up a tremendous barrage from her 5” guns and lighter batteries that caused a lot of damage to several aircraft and more importantly broke up the German formation which reduced the effectiveness of their attack. Leaving the safety of the Convoys barrage to take the fight to the enemy was in the finest traditions of any Navy worth of the name and undoubtedly saved many lives that day. I hereby salute the U.S.Navy “Tincans” and their crews and applaud their actions in the defence of Freedom.
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Apr 2014 13:35 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Apr 2014 14:23 pm 
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Great work Alex, I like how you have portrayed the 111 that has been shot down :Pilot:

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Great diorama Captain. I was gripped by the back story. I particularly like the splashes from the guns. I think the atmosphere of the battle scene is even more intense when you see the traverse camera angle, pointing at the charging He 111s from amidships of the destroyer. That would be the fourth photo, from the top :clapping: :boat:

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Simply brilliant!! :clapping:

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Apr 2014 06:46 am 
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:wow: Marvellous tribute !

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Thank you for the kind comments. :thumb:

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A great tribute and diorama, Alex! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

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