View Full Version : The Zero is SO undermodelled!!!

06-20-2005, 04:35 PM
From http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/Singapore.html

British warships pull out of Singapore harbor on December 8, 1941, escorted by four destroyers. However, Japanese "zero" fighters destroy the British warships the Prince of Wales and the Repulse, as they leave the port of Singapore to defend the Malaya Peninsula.

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06-20-2005, 04:44 PM
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i cant remmber if those bombers even had escorts tbh

06-21-2005, 07:07 AM
They didn't. G3Ms flying all by themselves.

Pity that British fleet didn't include a carrier (as it was supposed to). Those Nells should be easy meat even for Fairey Fulmars ...

06-21-2005, 08:57 AM
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great find.

06-21-2005, 09:49 AM
Well if it was on the internet it must be true.

06-21-2005, 09:57 AM
So which patch will have the Zero w/ the torpedo ?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

06-21-2005, 11:47 AM
They did have Zero escorts, kinda, but they showed up after the attack I think. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-21-2005, 01:16 PM
Originally posted by LEXX_Luthor:
They did have Zero escorts, kinda, but they showed up after the attack I think. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

i dont think so. but Buffaloes from Singapore were over the position were the Battle ships sunk after the battle was over. they had no enemy contact.

it was a lethal error from Admiral Phillips not to say were he wanted to go with Force Z.
if they contacted Singapore earlier , the Captain of the Repulse gave the emergency call, perhaps the story would have ended different

06-21-2005, 02:58 PM
There were no IJN fighters involved at all in the sinking of "Repulse"and "Prince of Wales". The IJN bombers were unescorted- G3M "Nells" and G4M "Bettys".
The RAAF Buffalos arrived too late to do anything else but patrol over the destroyers picking up survivors. Capt. Tennant of "Repulse" discovered when the IJN air attack was already well underway that Adm. Phillips had not sent any signals at all requesting air cover- even at that stage. Tennant then immediately sent a signal on his own initiative, as a result of which the Buffalos were scrambled.
As for a carrier, originally one was to have been included. However, the carrier allocated ran aground in the West Indies while working up and no other was available. Perhaps just as well- if one had been included with Force Z, Zeros WOULD have escorted the bombers- they would have torn the Fulmars to shreds, and the carrier would have joined "Repulse" and "Prince of Wales" on the bottom of the South China Sea.