HMS Dainty destroyer (Minic Ships 773)
HMS Dainty destroyer (Minic Ships 773)M 773 (i)
1960 catalogue description:
M 771 HMS DARING, M 772 HMS DIANA, M 773 HMS DAINTY, M 774 HMS DECOY – Classed as Destroyers or Fleet Escorts, these four ships, the largest destroyers ever built for the Royal Navy, form part of a larger Class. They incorporate features new to British warships. 3,500 tons full load displacement length 390 feet, speed about 35 knots. Main armament consists of 6-4.5 inch guns. 10 torpedo tubes and many anti-submarine weapons. Length 3 7⁄8 inches (9.8 cm)
The original ship
HMS Decoy was one of a batch of nine destroyers (the "D"-class, with names beginning with "D") that were launched in 1932 and completed in 1932 and 1933. The D-class (like the immediately previous "C"-Class) were intended to make up a self-contained flotilla of either destroyers, plus a ninth lead ship to provide command functions ... however, the "C"-Class order ended up being cut down to just five ships: Kempenfelt, Comet, Crusader, Cygnet, and Crescent.
The full D-class consisted of Duncan, Dainty, Daring, Decoy, Defender, Delight, Diamond, Diana, and Duchess.
Dainty H53 was sunk by a thousand-pound bomb dropped by a Junkers Ju 88 off the North African Coast in February 1941.