USS Growler’s first
war patrol began 29 June 1942. Five days later she
sought three destroyers and closed them submerged.
She fired at all three. Her torpedoes struck
the first two targets amidships putting them out of
action, and hit the third in the bow but not before
that target had launched two torpedoes at Growler.
As the Japanese torpedoes "swished down each side",
Growler dived deep, and no depth charges followed.
The Japanese destroyer Arare was sunk, and the other
two Kasumi and Shiranui were severely damaged.
People called her
valiant action something to growl about.
earned eight battle stars for her WWII service.
This USS Growler
submarine model features:
- Real deck, not
computer-printed paper (very difficult and time
consuming to make.)
hull construction (very important), weighing less than
12 lbs (A solid hull of this model would be over
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Portholes are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.