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S_p_l_a_s_h_1
03-31-2006, 08:20 AM
Found this (http://www.projectconstantendeavour.com/index.php?id=24) posted in the IL-2 skinners forum. Interesting read from the "enemy's" perspective.

S_p_l_a_s_h_1
03-31-2006, 08:20 AM
Found this (http://www.projectconstantendeavour.com/index.php?id=24) posted in the IL-2 skinners forum. Interesting read from the "enemy's" perspective.

froschman
03-31-2006, 01:26 PM
Thank you for this interesting reading!

Also, any Hurricanes are not mentioned. I do not think that Coastal Command did ever use Hurricanes, they did only use multi-engined aircraft. The Hurricanes in SHIII are not historically correct.

Goose_Green
03-31-2006, 02:23 PM
They are actually. They were used as disposable aircraft launched from modified mechant ships fitted with a catapult. The idea being that the aircraft was launched to fend off any uboats return to the convoy and crash "safely" so the pilot can survive and fight another day.

With the introduction of the Escort Carrier this short term solution was binned - too much of a waste I guess, and that the Hurricane was outdated equipment by that time anyway with better aircraft soon to make apperances.

Kaleun1961
03-31-2006, 02:51 PM
Not quite correct. They were not used for ASW purposes. Their use was against the FW-200 Condors, the Luftwaffe long-range reconnaisance and anti-shipping aircraft. A merchant vessel, known as a CAM [catapult-armed merchantman] was converted with a catapult which launched the fighter to fend off the Condor which might be attacking or tracking a convoy.

It was a short-term measure, used until the proper escort carriers came into use. The idea was sound in theory, but not all pilots survived ditching their fighter alongside a ship.

In the game, they are not accurately depicted. I've encountered Hurricanes off any part of the U.K. Clearly, these are not "launched" from a vesell but originate from a land base.