Skill Level: difficult
Size (LxWxH): 372x46x116 mm (14x1x4 inch)
This beautifully detailed model by Darius Lipinski comes with the interesting color scheme of the Pacific fleet. The extensive instructions leave no questions unanswered and building is a lot of fun.
The USS England is certainly another masterpiece from the well-known designer Darius Lipinski. The wealth of details is absolutely convincing and with the Buckley class he has chosen an exciting topic for model making. Built among other things for use in the Pacific, i.e. in warmer climates, many control stands and details are attached outside, which undoubtedly increases the appeal of the model.
The deck is "double planked" and is therefore extremely stable. Some parts of the model are printed on thinner material to match the high level of detail. In addition, blank sheets for doubling the frame structure and other structural parts are included.
The model highlights:
- detailed observation deck
- true-to-original depth charges
- extra stabilized frame structure
- printed on different cardboard thicknesses
- color scheme of the Pacific Fleet
- detailed funnel
- detailed cannons
- mast with plenty of details
|Manufacturer||HMV Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag|
|Sheet size||DIN A4|
|Parts incl. alternative parts||1875|
|Length||372 mm (14.65 inch)|
|Width||46 mm (1.81 inch)|
|Height||116 mm (4.57 inch)|
|Bauanleitung||German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Pictures|
- Class: Buckley Class or TE Class
- Launched: September 26, 1943
- Shipyard: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Coorporation, San Francisco
- Commissioning: December 10, 1943
- Length: 93.27 m
- Width: 11.28 m
- Draft: 3.43 m
- Displacement: 1,430 tons
- Engines: 2x General Electrics turbo-electric drive with 2 steam turbines
- Power: 12,000 shp
- Armament: 3 × Sk 7.62 cm L / 50 MK22
- 4 × Flak 2.8 cm L / 75 MK2
- 8 × Fla-MK 2.0 cm
- 3 × torpedo tube ø 53.3 cm
- 2 × depth charges
- 8 × depth charges
- 1 × Hedgehog
- Crew: 186/198 men
- Speed: 23 kn
USS England is one of 102 Buckley-class destroyer escorts. These "small" destroyers were used as escorts for convoys during World War II and were mainly used for submarine hunting and air defense. 46 of these units were delivered to the Royal Navy. There they were classified as frigates and ran as Captain Class. The namesake of the USS England was Ensign John C. England (1920-1941), who lost his life aboard the battleship Oklahoma during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
USS ENGLAND made history by sinking six Japanese submarines in just 12 days. Between May 19 and May 31, 1944, it destroyed the submarines I-16, RO-106, RO-104, RO-116, RO-108 and RO-105. This outstanding military achievement earned USS ENGLAND a Presidential Unit Citation, as well as the assurance from Admiral E. J. King that "there will always be an ENGLAND in the US Navy". In 1963, in light of this promise, the second USS ENGLAND (DLG / CG-22) was put into service - a Leahy-class guided missile destroyer. In 1994, the CG-22 was decommissioned. So far there is no name successor.
On May 9, 1945, three Japanese bombers attacked USS ENGLAND. With her anti-aircraft guns she was able to set the first one on fire and the aircraft hit ENGLAND on the starboard side just below the bridge. The Japanese kamikaze pilot had followed his instructions to destroy the ship's operations center and kill as many officers as possible - the plane's bomb exploded immediately after the impact. The crew fought desperately against the flames while the air defense shot down the other two planes. The ship was saved, but 37 crew members were killed or missing and 25 others were wounded. After making makeshift repairs, USS England made its way home to Philadelphia. Extensive repairs and alterations were planned. However, the end of the war coupled with an overhang of ships of their type and the extent of the damage led to a new decision and USS England was decommissioned on October 15, 1945 and scrapped the following year.