The Fletcher Class was the best Destroyer in WWII.
As a youngster, I was mostly attracted to plane models. (The love of flight is nearly universal, I think.) I got so I knew a Spitfire from a Messerschmitt, and such. But, ships I had little interest in. One I got as a present, and I thought the Revell PT-109 and Tacoma looked cool, so I had them.
So it was with the Hawk 1/600-ish Fletcher class DD. The box art appealed, and it "looked like I thought a warship should." Unfortunately, that kit then became the foundation for what I "knew" about Fletcher class destroyers. "They all had 2 quad 40 mm mounts, and 3 inch guns." (So, there!)
Getting my 1/700 Skywave Fletcher class in later life was a puzzle. Double 40 mm guns? And where are the 3 inch guns? The result was I then actually had to go out and read and learn something.
Blasted Fletcher class, all of them! It is well known that ignorance is bliss.
I'll start off- When I was a kid and first read about the loss of the 'Hood,' a phrase used was that a shell from the Bismarck 'found a chink' in the Hood's armor. When I first read that, I thought they meant there was a actual crack in the ship's armor, and wondered why they simply didn't fix it.