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Re: Question for Rick Davis
Posted by Rick E Davis on October 8, 2017, 10:06:33, in reply to "Question for Rick Davis "
USS REUBEN JAMES (DE-153) was one of the few BUCKLEY's to be completed with a twin 40-mm mount (As fas as I know, USS BUCKLEY was the only other BUCKLEY completed with a twin 40-mm mount). I would need to do additional digging to see if she was one of the units that had four single 40-mm single mounts replacing her torpedo tubes. OK, I looked at my Weekly Armament Summary notes and REUBEN JAMES was listed as one of the units that had the four single 40-mm guns installed in about June 1944 (it was reported in the 3 July 1944 update). She was likely up-gunned at Norfolk. So likely her armament would have been prior to her DER conversion; three 3-in, one twin 40-mm mount, four single 40-mm mounts, and ten 20-mm guns.
I'm not aware that the USN replaced the quad 1.1-in mount with 40-mm guns on the majority of Atlantic Fleet BUCKLEY's until the up-gunning in early 1945 prior to sending Atlantic DE units to the Pacific. In REUBEN JAMES case she was selected to the DER upgrade with 5-in guns replacing the 3-in guns.
: I have two Trumpeter England kits. I would
: like to do one as Darby (DE218) as
: commissioned, and one as Reuben James
: Darby is straightforward, but my question
: revolves around Reuben James. Did she get a
: twin (which I believe correct) or quad 40mm
: mount vice the 1.1" mount at any time
: prior to her conversion to a DER in 1945?
: Navsource was no help. Thanks in advance.
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