Battle of Midway: The Torpedo Attack

September 30, 2018 PE Matt 0

Task Force 16 – Enterprise and Hornet, under RAdm Raymond Spruance – sailed for Midway on the 29th of May, just two days after Kido Butai departed from Japan. RAdm Frank Fletcher’s Task Force 17, […]

Vought SB2U Vindicator

Vought SB2U Vindicator

May 23, 2018 PE Matt 0

In 1934 the US Navy invited bids for a new carrier-based scout bomber, and received no less than six competing designs. Four of these would be ordered into production – Curtiss’ upgraded SBC-3 biplane, the […]

Grumman TBF Avenger

Grumman TBF Avenger

December 19, 2017 PE Matt 0

In March 1939, the US Navy requested design proposals for a new carrier based torpedo bomber to replace the Douglas TBD in the fleet. The requirements for the new aircraft included a desired top speed […]

Midway: Kido Butai Strikes

December 17, 2017 PE Matt 0

As American search planes criss-crossed the skies around Midway, the Japanese Mobile Striking Force, the Kido Butai, approached undetected from the north west. A weather front had concealed the fleet, curtailing flight operations and giving […]

3-inch M3 Anti-Aircraft Gun

December 1, 2017 PE Matt 0

The 3-inch M3 gun was the primary anti-aircraft weapon of the US Army and Marines at the beginning of World War II. Its origins lay in the first anti-aircraft gun produced by the United States […]

SCR-268 Radar

November 29, 2017 PE Matt 0

The US Army Signal Corps was increasingly interested in radar during the late 1930s. This new technology offered to solve a number of problems, including simplifying the problem of finding enemy aircraft and directing searchlights […]

ASE-equipped PBY Catalina

Midway: The Approach

November 26, 2017 PE Matt 0

Due to the vast distances between the islands of the Central Pacific, both the Americans and the Japanese used long range patrol aircraft extensively to keep an eye on the vast expanse of ocean separating […]

The Dutch Harbor Raid

November 12, 2017 PE Matt 0

Often described as a diversionary attack to draw American forces away from Midway, the Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor on the 3rd and 4th of June, 1942, was in fact a distinct operation. The Japanese […]

ASE-equipped PBY Catalina

ASV Mark II / ASE Radar

October 26, 2017 PE Matt 0

Dr Edward Bowen, leading the airborne radar group of the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Britain, started a project to improve on the ASV (for “air to surface vessel”) Mark I radar, which had been hastily […]

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