DD-397 U.S.S. BENHAM
War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,

Due to the sinking of the Benham on November 15, 1942, 
no records of the Battle off Guadalcanal were saved 
or recoded.



Information U.S.S. BENHAM

Dictionary of Fighting Ships
U.S.S. BENHAM DD-397

                                    Benham Class
                             Completed - 1939 - 40

DD 397 BENHAM
DD 398 ELLET
DD 399 LANG
DD 402 MAYRANT
DD 403 TRIPPE
DD 404 RHIND
DD 405 ROWAN
DD 406 STACK
DD 407 STERETT 
DD 408 WILSON

Dimensions

Displacement:
   1,500 tons (stand)
   2,300 tons (Mean War Service)
Length: 341' (oa)
Beam: 35
Draft: 17' (max)

Armament

4 5"/38 DP
2 40mm twins
4 20mm
2 DC tracks
4-6 DC projectors
2 21" TT (quads)

Propulsion

Speed: 34 knots (max)
Max. Cruising radius:
  2,300 miles @ 25 knots 
  4,900 miles @15 knots
Horsepower: 50,0000 (shaft)
Drive: 2 screws; geared turbine
Fuel: 528 tons oil (max)

Remarks:
      The BENHAM's are slightly improved GRIDDLEY's.  Outwardly, the 
principal difference consist of a smaller, oval stack, enclosed single 
mounts for the after guns, and a lowering of the trunked boiler 
uptakes leading into the stacks.  Torpedo tubes are still in side 
mounts, but reduced from 16 to 8 in favor of heavier close-defense AA 
armament.

War losses include:
DD 397 BENHAM
DD 405 ROWAN




To learn more about the U.S.S. BENHAM Please visit these Web-site
HISTORY OF THE USS BENHAM Benham Home page
Naval History and Heritage Command has information on DD-397
NavSource Online  Has photos of DD-397



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