• Nobuo Fujita
    Central Pacific

    The Career of the I-25 – Part Two

    When I-25 arrived at her berth in Yokosuka harbour, her pilot, Nobuo Fujita, was surprised to receive orders to report to Naval General Headquarters in Tokyo. At first he feared that he was to be [...]
  • I-25
    Central Pacific

    The Career of the I-25 – Part One

    Several navies experimented with submarine-launched aircraft, but few embraced the practice as whole-heartedly as the Japanese. Throughout the 1920s several experimental aircraft were developed, and submarines modified with water-tight compartments to carry them, before the [...]
  • PatWing-4 PBYs Kiska
    History

    The Kiska Blitz

    For the Japanese, the only bright spot in the disastrous MI-AL Operation was the capture of the tiny Aleutian Islands of Kiska and Attu – the only pieces of American territory to fall into enemy [...]
  • History

    Darwin, Summer 1942

    As war waged across the Pacific, one relative backwater saw renewed battle as a veteran Japanese air group duelled with a rookie American unit in the skies of northern Australia. Following the devastating raid on [...]
  • Hilfskreuzer Michel
    Burma-India

    The German Raiders Thor and Michel

    After the loss of the Kormoran on November 19th, 1941, there were no German auxiliary cruisers still afloat anywhere in the Pacific or Indian oceans. Keen to put pressure on the Royal Navy and force it to defend [...]
Sikorsky XPBS-1
In the Spotlight

Sikorsky XPBS

by PE Matt in Aircraft 0

As the US Navy was beginning to receive the first prototypes of the aircraft that would become the PBY Catalina, it simultaneously began to solicit proposals for the eventual replacement of this flying boat. The [...]

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