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Fletcher Class destroyer DD-446 USS Radford

I recently built Tamiya’s 1/350 USS Fletcher Class destroyer. I made it with the USS Radford’s number 446. I chose it because it was the ship that picked up my uncle and a few hundred other survivors of the USS Helena when it was sunk in 1943 by Japanese warships.

I found some photos of the Radford from different times throughout its life time ( 1942-1970) and thought I’d share them here. It’s interesting to see the changes made to the ship over the years.

The Fletcher class destroyer DD-661 USS Kidd is the last destroyer still in its world war 2 configuration. It is on display in Baton Rouge ,Louisiana. If fate brings you to Baton Rouge , it would be worthwhile to visit the ship.

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2 responses to Fletcher Class destroyer DD-446 USS Radford

  1. Jay, thanks for the tin can pics! The entire crew appears to be on Radford’s deck in the one photo. I’m currently working on Flyhawk’s USS Ward and visit the Turner Joy when I’m working at PSNS/IMF–I like destroyers.

    • The Radford had over 400 of the USS Helena’s rescued crew on its deck in that one photograph.

      I visited the Turner Joy in July 2018. It’s in great condition. You can still see where it was hit by a North Vietnamese shore battery.
      someday I’d like to visit the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge.

      Here in Oklahoma we are fortunate to have the Submarine USS Batfish on display as well as a large portion of one of the tripod masts from the battleship USS Oklahoma.

      I’ve been trying to get a Revell model of the USS Ward at a reasonable price. They seem to be priced very highly on eBay . I wish a more modern kit of a four stack destroyer would be released in 1/350 scale.

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