This will serve as a superthread for destroyer escorts of the US Navy (and their foreign operators), mainly from WWII,
but also post-war ones (see also WhyMe's much older DE thread
, and my Cannon thread
). And oh, it's open for everyone.
I'd like to thank WhyMe for his USS Rudderow drawing that served as a base for my works on the matter.
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Finally churned out the first of my Buckley DEs after days of fiddling around and hair-pulling moments, so here it is, the USS Donnell (DE-56)
, as of April '44. She was torpedoed by a U-boat in the Atlantic, and was subsequently turned into a barracks ship as IX-182, and was later towed to Cherbourg, France to serve as a floating power plant. Donnell retired in 1945 a few months after she was brought back to the US that year.
Made some tweaks in the hull in which I will apply in my other DEs (bilge keels in the Buckleys are shorter than the later 306' DEs) and made a new rangefinder...hull shading, tried it, but had to forgo it anyway...
A couple of modification variations, a 5"/38 conversion, and some RN and postwar versions should hopefully follow.
cheers ~ wb21