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Re: New film - what the heck?
It could well be UNRYU class Jim, but, at 8:16 in, the island seems to be on the port side. Of course, films can be reversed and this might not be all contemporaneous footage? The island also looks longer, but the image could be stretched.
Was that Hiryu? I don't think so... I think this is later-war. I'm thinking an Unryu-class CV. That fast boat looks like a Shinyo, and they didn't come along until the bitter end.
I think they are testing explosive motor boats jumping torpedo net booms. I can only surmise that the balloons are a wacky idea to take the weight off the stern to minimise damage to the props and the ski-like prop shields? Obviously "stealth" was not a priority!
Great views of the HIRYU, Alf seaplane and the type W101 auxiliary minesweeper.
Maybe they were testing the launching of barrage balloons for anti-aircraft use? Didn't look very successful....
What on earth is the high-speed boat in this film doing/trying to do? I can honestly say I've never seen any photos of film of this activity before, especially involving the IJN!