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Re: Fairey Seafox K8588 H9B
I can think of four possibilities. One is that the aircraft, for some reason, was being cross-decked. The second is that the same photo was available for sale on every ship that operated the Seafox and captions... well, who cares about that sort of detail? Perhaps not the person who captioned it, but he could simply have got it wrong. Or, perhaps less likely but not impossible, Sturtivant and Cronin were working from a piece of duff information.
I suspect the second.
A question for our Fleet Air Arm experts. I just bought a photo of a Fairey Seafox K8588 with the code H9B painted in profile on her starboard float. Ray Sturtivant & Dick Cronin's book Fleet Air Arm Aircraft, Units and Ships 1920 to 1939 lists this aircraft as being assigned to HMS Penelope but, the photo I bought is from a crewman of HMS Galatea and has this aircraft captioned as being launched by Galatea.
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