Sikorsky XPBS-1

Sikorsky XPBS

November 14, 2021 PE Matt 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 […]

Nobuo Fujita

The Career of the I-25 – Part Two

October 24, 2021 PE Matt 0

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

The Career of the I-25 – Part One

October 17, 2021 PE Matt 0

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 […]

Nakajima A6M2-N

Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 “Rufe”

May 23, 2021 PE Matt 0

During the China Incident the Japanese Navy had made extensive use of floatplanes to augment their land-based units. The Japanese faced a lack of suitable airfields around the coastal cities that were conquered between 1937 […]

PatWing-4 PBYs Kiska

The Kiska Blitz

February 21, 2021 PE Matt 1

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 […]

Darwin, Summer 1942

September 13, 2020 PE Matt 0

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

The German Raiders Thor and Michel

August 16, 2020 PE Matt 0

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 […]

Yorktown under torpedo bomber attack

The Battle of Midway: Yorktown Succumbs

May 24, 2020 PE Matt 1

The vicious dive-bombing attack by the American SBDs on three of Kido Butai’s carriers had left the Japanese reeling, but not completely out of the fight. One carrier, Hiryū, remained intact having manoeuvred away from […]

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