Franklin Mint B11C159 Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Yorktown (CV-10) (1:350 Scale)
"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
- Admiral Farragut sailing aboard his flagsphip Hartford while entering Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 23, 1864
The USS Yorktown (CV/CVS-10) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, and is now a museum ship in South Carolina. She was laid down on December 1st, 1941 at Newport News, Virginia, by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. as Bon Homme Richard, renamed Yorktown on September 26th, 1942 to commemorate the aircraft carrier Yorktown (CV-5), lost at the Battle of Midway. The new Yorktown was launched on January 21st, 1943, sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt, and commissioned on April 15th, 1943, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Captain Joseph J. Clark in command.
Pictured here is a 1:350 scale diecast replica of the USS Yorktown. Comes on a special display plinth.
Length: 32 inches
Height: 11 inches
Historical Account: "Lost But Not Forgotten" - On September 9th, 1943, Yorktown stood out to sea, bound for the West Coast of the United States. She arrived in San Francisco on September 13th, loaded with aircraft and supplies, and returned to sea on the 15th. Four days later, the aircraft carrier reentered Pearl Harbor. Yorktown returned to sea to conduct combat operations on the 29th. Early on the morning of October 5th, she began two days of air strikes on Japanese installations on Wake Island. After retiring to the east for the night, she resumed those air raids early on the morning of the 6th and continued them through most of the day. That evening, the task group began its retirement to Hawaii.
Yorktown arrived at Oahu on October 11th, and, for the next month, conducted air training operations out of Pearl Harbor.
On November 10th, Yorktown departed Pearl Harbor in company with Task Force 50 - the Fast Carrier Forces, Pacific Fleet - to participate in her first major assault operation, the occupation of certain of the Gilbert Islands. On the 19th, she arrived at the launch point near Jaluit and Mili and, early that morning, launched the first of a series of raids to suppress enemy airpower during the amphibious assaults on Tarawa, Abemama, and Makin. The next day, she sent raids back to the airfield at Jaluit; some of her planes also supported the troops wresting Makin from the Japanese. On November 22nd, her air group concentrated upon installations and planes at Mili once again. Before returning to Pearl Harbor, the aircraft carrier made passing raids on the installations at Wotje and Kwajalein Atolls on December 4th. The warship reentered Pearl Harbor on December 9th, and began a month of air training operations in the Hawaiian Islands.