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Reply #705 on: October 06, 2019, 06:25:58 AM
Or for any other ships from the 2nd pacific Fleet.

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Reply #706 on: October 06, 2019, 07:15:46 AM
A few turned out ok. They just started self-identifying as Japanese...

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Reply #707 on: October 06, 2019, 09:03:31 AM
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A Fairey Fulmar fighter taking off from HMS Victorious as the ship lay at anchor in Scapa Flow, March 1942.



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Reply #708 on: October 06, 2019, 09:05:55 AM
Great picture  :bigthumb:

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Reply #709 on: October 06, 2019, 09:08:40 AM
The IWM has an amazing collection for sure.

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Reply #710 on: October 06, 2019, 09:12:08 AM
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USS Wichita (CA-45) serving with the Home Fleet, April, 1942, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) follows.


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Reply #711 on: October 06, 2019, 10:56:17 AM
Love those Curtis Seagulls!

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Reply #712 on: October 06, 2019, 11:11:16 AM

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Reply #713 on: October 06, 2019, 11:55:32 AM
HMS Nelson equipped with UP Launchers on her main turrets.

UP or "Unrotated Projectile" Launchers were 20 round rocket launchers designed to form a protective barrier against attacking aircraft. Rockets were fired 10 at a time.
the UP rockets were not direct fire weapons.

Once they reached a preset distance from the ship they would deploy a mine suspended from three parachutes via a length of wire. Aircraft that flew into the wires would detonate the mine. The idea was that that launchers could create an aerial minefield around the ship.

However, the minefield was rarely dense enough to provide an obstacle to attacking aircraft. In addition, the slightest wind could disperse the mines over a wide area, even onto friendly ships and even back onto the ship that launched them. Last but not least, the supply of rockets stashed aboard a ship posed a significant fire hazard. During her final battle, HMS Hood took a hit on her boat deck that ignited her UP rockets, causing a large fire.

Though an interesting concept, the weapon was largely ineffective and quickly removed from British ships in 1941 in favor of additional AA guns.

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Reply #714 on: October 06, 2019, 12:03:34 PM
Very interesting - I had not read about that before  :bigthumb:

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Reply #715 on: October 06, 2019, 08:28:43 PM
Mines on parachutes. What could go wrong there?  :notme:

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Reply #716 on: October 06, 2019, 08:32:09 PM
Mines on parachutes. What could go wrong there?  :notme:

Next thing you know someone will think of attaching small incendiaries to swarms of bats...

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Reply #717 on: October 08, 2019, 08:30:58 AM

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Reply #718 on: October 08, 2019, 08:32:54 AM
Sometimes I think my fo`c'sle is seriously damaged.

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Reply #719 on: October 08, 2019, 08:51:10 AM
If you would stop bombing it, maybe give it a break for a night or two?