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Re: are there any incidences where spotter planes were used in combat?
You might care to consider the Battle of the Java Sea, as nobody has. The Japanese used cruiser-borne spotter planes in that engagement didn't they? The Japanese cruisers achieved almost continuous straddles (Willmott cites Perth
receiving eight such straddles in quick succession) before they hit Exeter
, in the boiler room.
On D-Day, Nevada Texas and Arkansas had landed their catapults and seaplanes.The pilots got to use older Spitfires and spotted for the ships throughout the campaign. Even an old Spitfire most have been quite an upgrade from an OS2U!
They spotted and ranged on their targets with onboard optics. But, it got harder as the range of guns got greater than what could be seen from the platform doing the shooting. During the 1920-30's the use of seaplanes was intended to help with providing feedback as to where the target was and how shots were landing on or near the target. That and recon was why seaplanes were deployed on battleships.
I was always wondering how capital ships could score hits on one another without seeing each other without radar let alone satellites. Thanks
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