A Rare WWII Destroyer Survives a Sinking Threat

Bill Lescher

August 11, 2022

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A WWII destroyer—now preserved in its current condition—is a rare survivor of a sinking threat. The ship served as part of Destroyer Squadron 48 and Destroyer Division 96. Throughout her long career, the ship carried out many missions: it was a downed pilot picket duty and anti-submarine platform; a shore bombardment and anti-aircraft platform; and an escort for a carrier task force led by USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-22).

KIDD was a WWII destroyer.

The USS KIDD was a World War II destroyer that was put into service in 1943. It escorted the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) and USS SOUTH DAKOTA (BB-57), which had just been built, on their shakedown cruises from Norfolk to Trinidad.After that, she proceeded to Pearl Harbor, where she suffered the greatest damage of the war.

The KIDD was a DDG-96-class destroyer that served as a part of Destroyer Squadron 48. It served in several roles, including anti-submarine and downed pilot picket duty, shore bombardment, and anti-aircraft defense. She was also an escort ship for the carrier task force Independence (CV-22) to aid in the defense of the Pacific.

The KIDD was a WWII destroyer and one of the few that survived the sinking threat of the Japanese aircraft carriers. It is one of the few multi-mission ships in the fleet and is capable of defending itself against both surface and sub-surface attacks. The KIDD survived a sinking threat from the Japanese during the battle of Pearl Harbor. The KIDD was named after the USS Arizona commander, Rear Admiral Issac C. Kidd Sr. He lost his life on the USS Arizona during the surprise attack at Pear Harbor. In the aftermath, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage.

Sullivans was a fighter-direction ship for TU 58.2.4

During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Sullivans were engaged in a combat air mission against the Japanese forces. The Cabot and its VF pilot, Ens. Maurice L. Naylon, were lost in the Luzon air attack. The Sullivans had taken down 16 enemy planes, but none was able to land on land. In one of its attacks, the Sullivans made two torpedo hits on a large AO at the mouth of Subic Bay. In another mission, the Sullivans encountered six “Vals” over the Lingayen and Clark fields. But the pilots couldn’t get their planes to land, so the Sullivans ran away to the area around Eniwetok.

The Sullivans performed a combat mission over the Pacific Ocean in 1944. She was one of the few amphibious landing ships to perform fighter direction, a vital role for the Allied Air Force. Its role was to monitor enemy airspace and intercept enemy communications, facilitating a swift, coordinated attack. The Sullivans carried a fighter-direction radar, as well as a range of other equipment.

The City of Benares sank

The historical WWII destroyer City of Benares—a ship that was sunk in 1940 while evacuating children from England—was the subject of a book by historian David Heiligman. The book’s plot involves an attack on the ship and the deaths of four crew members. The author has meticulously researched the sinking of the SS City of Benares and has woven several different stories into one riveting narrative. While this story may be inspirational, it is also overwhelmingly heartbreaking.

The SS City of Benares sank in the summer of 1940 after being hit by a torpedo from a German aircraft carrier. Many children and adults died during the sinking. Fortunately, the survivors were escorted by warships to safe waters. The story is an amazing example of human ingenuity. To learn more about this remarkable ship, read the book below.

Reuben James went down.

On October 31, 1941, the U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James sank off the coast of Iceland. The crew was escorting a merchant ship convoy when a German submarine struck. The convoy was largely unprotected from submarines, and the destroyer was not equipped with radar or zigzagging to avoid a German strike. On that morning, a German submarine struck Reuben James as she turned to investigate a direction-finding bearing. An explosion ripped through the fore part of the ship and caused the front half to sink. The stern, however, was able to stay afloat for five minutes before it sank.

The Reuben James sank just weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but its loss of life did not result in an official war declaration. Instead, it was thought that the loss of life would serve as a wake-up call for undecided Americans and Germany-favoring Germans. This event occurred only five weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the U.S. was at war with the Axis Powers by the end of 1941.