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Royal HMS Montgomery late 1940 USS Wickes DD-75
1/400 military submarine scale plastic model kit
Mirage 40607

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Manufacturer: Mirage Hobby (Poland)
Scale: 1/400
Material: Plastic
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box

The first USS Wickes (DD-75) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers in the United States Navy during the World War I, later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Montgomery. She has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Montgomery.

She was commissioned simultaneously on the 23rd under the White Ensign as HMS Montgomery (G.95)—Lt. Comdr. W. L. Puxley, RN, in command.

The destroyer underwent further fitting out and familiarisation before departing Canadian waters on 1 November, bound for the British Isles. En route, Montgomery and the other of her sister ships in company swept through the scene of the one-sided naval engagement between the armed merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay and the German "pocket battleship" Admiral Scheer. This action had occurred on 5 November when the German warship attacked a convoy escorted by the erstwhile merchant steamship. Jervis Bay had gallantly interspersed herself between the raider and the convoy, allowing the latter to escape while being herself smashed to junk and sunk. Montgomery found nothing, however, and after searching briefly for the German "pocket battleship"—with orders to shadow by day and attack by night—arrived at Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 11 November.

Shifting to Plymouth, England, a week later, Montgomery was allocated to the Western Approaches command and based at Liverpool. During the course of one of her early patrols, Montgomery rescued 39 survivors from the motor tanker Scottish Standard which had been torpedoed and sunk by U-96 on 21 February, 1941. Disembarking the rescued mariners on the 24th, Montgomery resumed her Western Approaches patrols soon thereafter.

The flush-decker underwent repairs at Barrow-in-Furness from April to September and was later assigned to the 4th Escort Group. Montgomery was modified for trade convoy escort service by removal of three of the original 4"/50 caliber guns and one of the triple torpedo tube mounts to reduce topside weight for additional depth charge stowage and installation of hedgehog.[1] Based now at Greenock, the destroyer operated between the British Isles and Canadian ports through the end of 1941. On 13 January 1942, the Panamanian-registered steamer SS Friar Rock was torpedoed and sunk by U-130 100 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Four days later, Montgomery picked up seven survivors from that ship.

In February 1942, Montgomery came under the aegis of the Western Local Escort Force at Halifax. Later in 1942, the destroyer was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy before she sailed south and underwent repairs at the Charleston Navy Yard which lasted into the following year 1943. Resuming her coastwise convoy escort operations in February 1943, Montgomery rescued survivors of the torpedoed Manchester Merchant— sunk by U-628 on 25 February, 1943, 390 miles off Cape Race.

The destroyer remained with the Western Local Escort Force into late 1943, operating out of Halifax. On 12 December, 1943, she assisted the Bowater-Lloyd Paper Co. barge Spruce Lake and, on the 27th, departed Halifax for the British Isles, carrying the surviving crew members from the torpedoed British destroyer HMS Hurricane which had been sunk by U-415 on Christmas Eve.

Arriving in England soon thereafter, Montgomery was placed in reserve in the River Tyne on 23 February, 1944. Removed from the "effective list"—the British equivalent of the United States Navy's "Navy list" - the veteran flush-decker was subsequently broken up for scrap in the spring of 1945 shortly before the end of the war in Europe.

 

USS Wickes DD-75
In a harbor in the early 1920s.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Wickes
Namesake: Lambert Wickes
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 26 June 1917
Launched: 25 June 1918
Commissioned: 31 July 1918 to 15 May 1922
26 April 1930 to 6 April 1937
30 September 1939
Struck: 8 January 1941
Fate: Commissioned by Royal Navy 23 October 1940
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Montgomery
Commissioned: 23 October 1940
Fate: Scrapped, 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,247 tons
Length: 314 ft 4½ in (95.822 m)
Beam: 30 ft 11¼ in (9.430 m)
Draft: 9 feet (2.7 m)
Complement: 100 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 2 x 1-pdrs., 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt, 2 dct.

 

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