A rare waterline Imperial Japanese recognition ship model of the U.S.S. Enterprise Japanese, before 1941
in wood, in 1/500 scale, painted and detailed with flight deck, bridge and deck structures, funnel, hull cut-outs, and other details. 17-1/2 in. (44.4 cm.) length.
Exhibited: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, 1995-2007
Provenance: The War Museum
USS Enterprise (CV-6), referred to as the "Big E," was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy and the seventh U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Launched in 1936, she was a ship of the Yorktown class, and one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (the others being Saratoga and Ranger). She participated in more major actions of the war against Japan than did any other US ship. These actions included the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. On three separate occasions during the Pacific War, the Japanese announced that she had been sunk in battle, earning her the name "The Grey Ghost". Enterprise earned 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II.
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