Warship Data #1
USS Kidd (DD-661)
A Pictorial Histories Publication
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Reviewed by Timothy Dike
This book is the first in a series of books covering some of the famous ships of war. This one is a joint effort by Robert Sumrall and Thomas Walkowiak and covers the History of the USS Kidd in photo's, text, and drawings.
The book has a number of nice detail photo's showing all areas of the ship. Most are of good quality but some are a little on the blurry side. The most useful ones are the detail shots taken at New York Navy Yard.
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Included are a number of drawings showing Kidd in her 1943, 44, 45 and 60 appearance. My favorite is the color rendering by Paul Bender of the Kidd in her MS-31 10d camouflage pattern. On the next page is a camo design sheet showing that pattern in more detail. click to enlarge
There are a number of in action photo's that show the Kidd operating in the Pacific. Photo's and diagrams of the of the Kamikaze attack on the Kidd are also included.
This 8-1/4" x 11" soft book has 40 pages and is a great resource for anyone who is interested in the Kidd or other Square bridge Fletcher class destroyers. At only $8.50 US it is a good value.

Special thanks to Keith Butterley of Warship Books for the review copy. Keith carries a full line of  Warships Data books as well as just about any Warship related book you need.

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