14 in battleship HMS Prince of Wales leaving Singapore on 8 December Japanese aircraft sank her together with accompanying battlecruiser HMS Repulse less than 48 hours later, thus proving that the era of supremacy for the 'big gun ship' was over.
King George V class battleship HMS Anson in best known for accepting the Japanese surrender at Hong Kong in though her significant Arctic service should not be overlooked. She was mothballed in 1949 and sold for scrap in
A Men of HMS KING GEORGE V training for a possible landing party. The aircraft hangars on board the battleship can be seen in the background. Inside one of them the tail of the Supermarine Walrus aircraft can be seen
King George V class battleship HMS Prince of Wales's :brand new in April she was Hood's consort off Iceland in May; took Churchill to meet FDR in August and was sunk by Japanese air attack off Malaya in December.