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Local history and incredible raids
« on: November 21, 2020, 08:37:32 pm »

Whilst Iíve been stuck in self isolation itís given me time to research local WW2 history of my village. On my village war memorial there is a name which doesnít normally match the local menís ranks and military service- most are Army as you would expect but one name sticks out as it is a Royal Navy -Lieutenant Commander Donald Davidson. The name stuck in my mind as Iíve just read a book with the same name and rank involved with a relatively unknown raid against Japanese Forces in Singapore! Checking records and war memorial information Lt Cmdr Davidson on my local war memorial was the captain of the infamous MV Krait. He took part in Operation Jaywick and the follow up raid where he was killed trying to out run the Japanese soldier sent to hunt them down.
He was the son of the vicar of my village during the war and Iíve got some footage coming from Australia that shows him and his fellow Jaywick members being interviewed post first operation where he states where he is from. A brave man that I only recently discovered and I intend to honour him and his team by building a MV Krait to commemorate those brave actions.
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Re: Local history and incredible raids
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2020, 10:37:17 am »

Interesting story Nick, and will make a very interesting build I for one look forward to following your progress with this unusual boat.


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Re: Local history and incredible raids
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2020, 03:27:31 pm »

Wasn't it in Model Boats about a year ago?
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2020, 03:31:27 pm »

Hi Tony


It was but itís only recently that I put the two names together again after reading The Mighty Krait and attending the Remembrance Sunday service on the village green.
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Re: Local history and incredible raids
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2020, 05:09:55 pm »

Worth a reading again!


I like subjects that have some history behind them and smaller vessels especially. The Battleships and Carriers usually get all the attention as they are figureheads for a nation's propaganda and pride, but some small ships did great things far beyond their tonnage, look at Campelltown, and others.


Thinking about your issues with getting models to and from work, build carry cases for them when you build the cradles, as then you can fit all the cosy foam etc to protect them once the critical stages begin.



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Re: Local history and incredible raids
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2020, 06:30:42 am »

Hi All
A model of the boat at Wagga Wagga army training Base.


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Re: Local history and incredible raids
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2020, 07:50:44 am »

Hi Canabus


That is a fantastic model of the Krait. Thank you for sharing the pictures- you can see how this vessel did so much damage as she is so in-assuming- youíd never guess what she was carrying!
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Re: Local history and incredible raids
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2020, 09:46:58 am »

Nick, did you get your 'Q' ship kit?
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2020, 09:51:57 am »

Hi Tony


I did- the Atlantis kit is amazing and I managed to get a copy of the plans from John Haynes too. I never realised how big these ships were and I read that they always say that the engagements were between David and Goliath style battles but when you look at how big Atlantis was compared to a British light cruiser you soon realise that apart from armour they can be pretty much evenly matched for firepower!
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2020, 10:39:07 am »

Aye, the dummy/camo aspect is quite fascinating in all it's format, from Krait to Atlantis BUT the active lives of the vessels tended to be rather short once the word got out.
I'm looking forward to both builds.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2020, 10:47:03 am »

Hi Tony


Iíve just read up on both vessels- Krait I think was an exception as she was only used once- whilst Atlantis tried to hide her true identity many times but was discovered by HMS Devonshire refuelling some U-Boats. They tried to hide that fact by transmitting a Q or R distress call but the Devonshire didnít believe them and opened fire. The book recommended by John Haynes is a must- Under Ten Flags- fantastic story of a gentleman raider.
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