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Re: HMS York 20mm Oerlikons
I have the older Profile Morskie as well as Raven & Roberts British Cruisers and the Friedman book. Raven & Roberts states that there were no wartime armament modifications but Friedman states 20mm singles were fitted atop B and Y turrets. Perhaps information was not available at the time R&R was written and Friedman may have found the information regarding the Oerlikons.
I usually take Profile Morskie volumes with a certain amount of care. The Trumpeter kit calls for 4 Oerlikons, one each on the turrets and two slightly aft of the bridge superstructure where the older Profile Morskie states single 40mm Pom Poms were fitted. So there is plenty of conflicting information. It appears that Exeter may have been better documented
Hopefully we can get some more definitive answers for our builds.
Interesting, I am waiting for the 700 scale model from Trumpeter, and have been delving into various sources. I also have 2 versions of the Profile Morskie HMS York (both numbered 2, but two release dates, 1996 & 2002). The first version shows a 20mm on B & Y turrets. The second show 1 on B, and 2 on the quarterdeck. One source says she had 3x 20mm at the time of her loss – but unfortunately, I did not record where I found that (dumb)
Her last refit appears to have been in Liverpool, 12.39 – 01-40, where the mounts may have been added.
Thereafter she was pretty active, first in Norway before being sent to the Mediterranean via Cape Town, so whether the mounts could have been added at Alexandria is pure speculation.
Hopefully someone can provide more detailed information
I am getting ready to start my Trumpeter 1:350 scale HMS York kit. I am a bit confused about the 20mm Oerlikons that were fitted on her at the time of her loss in 1941. Friedman's book on British cruisers states on page 109 that the only wartime armament improvement was fitting single Oerlikons on top of B and Y turrets. However, the Eduard photoetch set has brass overlays for the kit turrets with spots for 2 20mm Oerlikons on top of B turret and none on Y turret. A very grainy photo of York at Suda Bay appears to show something on top of B turret and nothing on Y turret.
My question is which one is correct, Friedman or the Eduard PE?
Any help would be appreciated.
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