During May 1944 the 12 Swordfish from HMS Fencer are credited with the sinking of three U-boats in two days
Swordfish LS369 was credited with sinking U-Boat 'U674' on 1st May 1944 whilst protecting Convoy RA59 sailing to the UK from Kola in Russia
Sailing from San Diego 2 July 1943, Croatan arrived at Norfolk 19 July. As the nucleus for a hunter-killer group, she sailed 5 August for antisubmarine operations in the Atlantic covering the movement of convoys.
Her planes had two skirmishes with surfaced submarines and on 5 September initiated night flying operations from escort carriers. She returned to Norfolk 22 September.
From 17 October to 29 December 1943, Croatan made two voyages to Casablanca ferrying aircraft and plane crews for the North African operations. After another antisubmarine patrol from 14 January to 27 February 1944, she took part in tests with the Naval Research Laboratory at Annapolis. From 24 March to 11 May, Croatan made a most successful patrol. On 7 April, her planes marked out U-856, which was sunk by her escorts Champlin (DD-601) and Huse (DE-145) at 40d 18m N., 62d 22m W. On the night of 25-26 April, her four escorts joined in sinking U-488 at 17d 54m N., 38d 05m W.
She was also successful in her patrol from 2 June to 22 July. On 10 June, Croatan's planes and escorts Frost (DE-144), Huse, and Inch (DE-146) attacked U-490 and remained in constant contact with it, forcing it to surface the next day.
Sixty survivors, including the commanding officer, were rescued before the submarine sank from scuttling charges at 42d 47m N., 40d 08m W. Aircraft and escorts Frost and Inch combined again to sink U-154 on 3 July.
Following a brief overhaul and radar tests with the Naval Research Laboratory, Croatan put to sea again 20 August 1944. On 15 September, she aided survivors from Warrington (DD-383) who had foundered in a hurricane. Returning to Norfolk 1 October, Croatan next sailed for antisubmarine training at Guantanamo Bay and Bermuda, then proceeded to provide air cover for a high-speed east bound task force, returning to New York 4 February 1945.
For the next month, she qualified pilots in carrier operations, then sailed from Norfolk 25 March to join a barrier line to intercept German submarines. On 16 April, her escorts, Frost and Stanton (DE-247) sank U-880 and U-1235 at 47d 53m N., 30d 26m W. Croatan returned by way of Argentia, Newfoundland to New York 14 May for overhaul.
From 15 September to 3 November 1945, Croatan qualified aviators at Quonset Point, then cleared Norfolk 23 November on the first of two transatlantic voyages to bring troops home from Le Havre, Franceon 16 June 1958. In August 1963, she carried 23 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force 331 Squadron at BodÃ¸,
Norway. In October 1964, she served as an experimental ship under NASA control until May 1965. She was stricken for disposal 15 September 1970 and sold for scrap in 1971.
Details of the kit:
Glass fibre detailed hull, Glass fibre detailed hull deck. 1mm Printed plastic details, Colour code printed superstructure. Vacformed details, liferafts, gun cabs etc, Motor mount, Pre-printed self adhesive deck planking, Full metal fittings set Cast resine fittings, Stainless steel Propshaft, propeller, 2 Full size full colour plans WITH EMBEDDED HI RESOLUTION COLOUR PHOTOS and full colour detailing of metal, plastic and resine parts. Digital instructions. Pre- cut waterproof vinyl Decals set.
Scale 1/96 Length 1.62m Beam 350mm Sailing weight 12.1kgs
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