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RAF74_Buzzsaw
07-25-2004, 10:01 PM
Salute

As anyone who has studied the Pacific war knows, both the U.S. and Japanese CV's had no armour on their flight decks.

A bomb or a Kamikaze would penetrate immediately into the vitals of the ship.

An example would be what happened to the U.S.S. Franklin, one of the U.S. Navy's newer CV's:

http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/ships/carriers/cv13hit3.gif

Whereas a British carrier which was hit by a similar weapon, often would not have it penetrate. An example would be HMS Formidable after being hit by a Kamikaze. The Crew basically swept the plane off the deck, and were launching planes within a couple hours.

http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/BPF/Formidable_kamikaze_May1945.jpg

HMS Illustrious was the same class as the Formidable and had the same armoured Flight deck.

RAF74_Buzzsaw
07-25-2004, 10:01 PM
Salute

As anyone who has studied the Pacific war knows, both the U.S. and Japanese CV's had no armour on their flight decks.

A bomb or a Kamikaze would penetrate immediately into the vitals of the ship.

An example would be what happened to the U.S.S. Franklin, one of the U.S. Navy's newer CV's:

http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/ships/carriers/cv13hit3.gif

Whereas a British carrier which was hit by a similar weapon, often would not have it penetrate. An example would be HMS Formidable after being hit by a Kamikaze. The Crew basically swept the plane off the deck, and were launching planes within a couple hours.

http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/BPF/Formidable_kamikaze_May1945.jpg

HMS Illustrious was the same class as the Formidable and had the same armoured Flight deck.

Athosd
07-25-2004, 11:19 PM
The text at http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/ILLUSTRIOUS.html refers to the armour, for this class of carrier, being 3" thick between the lifts - enough to withstand hits by 6" guns or 500lb bombs.

So they should definitely be tough - but a well aimed 1000lb AP bomb should still be very bad news for them.

Salute

Athos

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Tooz_69GIAP
07-26-2004, 05:11 AM
What was that quote??

"Sailors, man your brooms!"

Or something similar to that.

whit ye looking at, ya big jessie?!?!

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