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Blood on the Sea: American Destroyers Lost in World War II by Robert Sinclair Parkin

Mr. Parkin, both during and since his 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, has spent decades interviewing paricipants and collecting information on the history of American destroyers. He has also written Under the White Ensign, the story of the 50 destroyers purchased by Britain from the U.S. at the beginning of WWII. He currently lives in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.

(From the dust cover)

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In spite of the inaccuracies on the dust cover, which show the USS Drexler in 1945 with peacetime sized numbers and SPS-40 radar, the book is quite accurate in text. Each chapter is the story of each destroyer sunk in World War Two, or nearly so. It excludes some ships which were formerly destroyers but whose designations had been changed to other than DD. Cases in point are the USS Long DD209 and USS Hovey DD208, both Clemson class DD's which had been redesignated DMS and were sunk by Kamikazes in the invasion of the Philippines.

In spite of some minor inadequacies, this is well worth buying and DOL unreservedly recommends its inclusion in your DD Library.

Dimensions: 6.25 inches wide - 9.25 inches high
Hard Cover
360 pages

Published in the United States in 1996 by
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