Revell 1/240 USS Ward DD139 Four Stack Destroyer (Wickes Class), 5023

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Revell 1/240 USS Ward DD139 Four Stack Destroyer (Wickes Class), 5023 plastic model kit

1/240 5023 Revell USS Ward DD139 Four Stack Destroyer (Wickes Class)

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

Older but well detailed model, measuring 15.75 inches long when assembled. The kit has never been started. All the parts are still in the factory sealed bag and includes decals, flag sheet and instructions. NOTE: the flag sheet is stuck to the instructions and the decal are intact but moisture damaged. The Ward was a Wickes-class 1247-ton destroyer launched in 1918 . After serving as a station ship during the first trans-Atlantic flights of NC-1, NC-3 and NC-4 in 1919, she came back to the Pacific and was decommissioned there in July 1921. In 1920 the ship received the hull number DD-139. On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Ward was on patrol just outside Pearl Harbor. She spotted and sank Japanese Midget Submarine and fired the first US shots of WWII. The Ward saw extensive activity through the war as a transport in most of the major battle areas of the Pacific as a fast transport. During the Leyte operations she took a Kamikaze hit amidship and the crew had to abandon her. The destroyer USS O'Brien had to sink the Ward with gunfire. The Commanding Officer of the O'Brien was William W. Outerbridge, who had been in command of Ward off Pearl Harbor on that fateful day. The date that she was sunk was December 7th, 1944, three years to the day of her opening shots.

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