Submarine Reconnaissance Missions

September 17, 2017 PE Matt 0

One of the lesser known aspects of the air war in the Pacific is the extent to which the Japanese made use of submarine-launched aircraft. Although several navies had experimented with submarine aircraft carriers between […]

Aichi E11A Type 98 “Laura”

June 8, 2016 PE Matt 0

Whilst the Aichi E10A was accepted for service, the Japanese Navy knew that the aircraft was still lacking in outright performance and only just met the requirements for acceptance. Accordingly, new specifications were issued in […]

Aichi E10A Type 96 “Hank”

June 1, 2016 PE Matt 0

The Japanese plans for war against the United States included using cruisers and other light forces to harry the US Fleet as it sailed across the Pacific. Realising that the sort of attrition envisaged would […]

Watanabe E9W Type 96 “Slim”

March 6, 2016 PE Matt 0

Japan had followed several other navies in attempting to develop small seaplanes to be carried on and launched by submarines. It was hoped that aircraft of this type could extend the scouting range of submarines, […]

Yokosuka E6Y

Yokosuka E6Y Type 91

February 26, 2016 PE Matt 0

The Japanese had observed with interest attempts in the west to create submarine-launched aircraft. The Japanese Navy had a particular interest in developing this capability in order to extend the reconnaissance capability of their submarines […]

Fokker C.XI-W

February 17, 2016 PE Matt 0

Known as the “W-Planes” in Netherlands East Indies service, the Fokker C.XI was a two-seat reconnaissance aircraft designed to operate from Dutch cruisers in European and Far Eastern service. It was ordered to replace the […]

Mitsubishi F1M Type 0 “Pete”

November 3, 2015 PE Matt 0

In 1934 the Japanese Navy issued request for a new observation seaplane, to fly from battleships and cruisers and perform gunfire spotting duties. Existing seaplanes were primarily reconnaissance types, tasked with finding the enemy in […]

Vought OS2U Kingfisher

October 12, 2015 PE Matt 0

The OS2U Kingfisher was designed in the late 1930s as an intended replacement for the biplane Curtiss SOC Seagull, but in the event both aircraft would end up serving together. The OS2U would become one […]

Yokosuka E14Y Type 0 “Glen”

September 22, 2015 PE Matt 0

Requested as part of the same 12-Shi requirements, issued in 1937, that produced the A6M Zero, the G4M “Betty” and the E13A, the E14Y was a small seaplane designed to be carried aboard the Imperial […]

Curtiss SOC Seagull

September 21, 2015 PE Matt 0

Ordered in 1933 as the primary reconnaissance seaplane for the surface fleet, the Curtiss SOC Seagull went on to have a long career with the US Navy. Originally it was designed for ‘observation’ only, in […]

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