IJN Heavy Cruiser Atago in the Battle of Leyte 1944 by Won-hui Lee (Gyeongju, South Korea).
Model manufacturer: Fujimi. Scale: 1/700.
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Short info from Wikipedia:
Sinking in the Battle of Leyte Gulf
From July–October 1944, Atago was flagship of Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita’s First Mobile Striking Force, which comprised the major remaining surface force of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
The force consisted of seven battleships, eleven heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, and 19 destroyers, and was based at Lingga Roads near Singapore. The force sortied on 22 October in what would be the last major naval engagement of the war, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Atago served as flagship for what the Allies termed the “Center Force”, and was a part of Sentai-4, along with Chokai, Takao and Maya.
The next day two submarines that had been shadowing the force attacked in the Palawan Passage. Atago was one of the ships hit. Four torpedoes fired from the submarine USS Darter struck the Atago, setting her ablaze. She capsized at 05:53 in about 1,800 m (5,900 ft) of water.
Of Atago’s crewmen, there were 529 survivors, including Vice Admiral Kurita, but 360 were killed. CoS Rear Admiral Tomiji Koyanagi and Atago’s skipper Rear Admiral Araki and 355 crewman were rescued by the destroyer Kishinami; 171 others were rescued by the destroyer Asashimo. She was removed from the navy list on 20 December.
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