- 700 blocks
- Compatible with other leading brands of construction blocks
- Made in Europe
- Illustrated instructions manual included in each set
- Model dimensions (L x W x H): 25.9″ x 2.1″ x 6.1″
- Recommended Ages: 10 and Up
- Part of COBI Historical Collection: World War II series
- Scale 1:144
The USS Wahoo (SS-238)
The USS Wahoo was a Gato-class submarine that was commissioned in May of 1942. It had been built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, just outside of San Francisco. During its seven war patrols, the Wahoo would be credited with sinking 20 Japanese ships. Sadly, a Japanese airplane sunk the Wahoo on its final patrol in 1943. Incredibly, it was pronounced missing and was not found until 2006, when it was located by an international team north of the Japanese Island of Hokkaido.
Gato Class Submarines (SS-238)
The USS Gato was commissioned in December of 1941. Before World War II was over, 77 total Gato class submarines were built. Fourteen of these were built here in Wisconsin by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. The Gato class were considered the first fleet submarines, designed to be fast enough and have enough range to accompany the Navy’s battle fleets. So they needed to be fast enough to keep pace with battleships such as the USS Missouri (BB-63). Thus they were designed for patrols of 10,000 miles or more and surfaced had a speed of 21 knots (24 mph). On the surface the Gato was powered by four diesel engines and when submerged, by four battery powered motors.
The Gato class was the successor to the S class submarine, the first of which had been commissioned in 1920.
In addition to ten torpedo tubes (24 Mark 14 torpedoes), the Wahoo had one 3″/50 dual purpose deck gun, two .50 cal machine guns, and two .30 cal machine guns. It was equipped with both sonar and radar, and had a crew of 80.
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A Wisconsin Veteran’s Story
Paul Evans, originally from New Hampshire, was a torpedoman aboard the USS Raton (SS-270), a fellow Gato class submarine to the Wahoo. After World War II, he settled in Madison and raised his family. He made nine patrols aboard submarines during the war. To learn more about Evans and his service during World War II, click the following to read his story: Paul Evans Oral History 388