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#1 27-Dec-2017 13:27:27

dadlamassu
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Can anyone identify this plane?

It took me quite a while to work this one out and the back story is vey unusual.

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#2 27-Dec-2017 14:06:36

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Re: Can anyone identify this plane?

Well the very clear serial no should make it easy. It's probably a Fairy Sea Fox, as appears to be on a light cruiser in the mid-late 30's (serial would indicate that sort of period), and that was the standard embarked aircraft of the period. No doubt I'm totally wrong of course. !


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#3 27-Dec-2017 16:21:17

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Re: Can anyone identify this plane?

The serial is a Fairey Battle!

The German surface raider Orion really did have a "truth is stranger than fiction" fact about it. The photo shows the only operational use, that I'm aware of, of a Japanese aircraft in German service during WW2. During its time in the Pacific in late 1940/early 1941, the German surface raider KMS Orion lost its Arado 196 spotter aircraft. The German naval attaché to Japan, Vice-Admiral Wenneker, then bought a Nakajima E8N (Dave) from the Japanese, and they used that for the remainder of Orion's trip, the E8N being delivered to Orion on February 1, 1941, during a rendezvous with supply ship Münsterland at the Maug Islands in the Northern Marianas. The Nakajima was given fake British markings (in direct violation of the rules of war) in an attempt to disguise the fact that a German warship was operating in those waters. The spurious British serial number on the aircraft was actually one assigned to a Fairey Battle.

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#4 27-Dec-2017 16:21:41

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Re: Can anyone identify this plane?

L5196 was a Nakajima E8N with British markings, on board the German commerce raider Orion, operating out of Singapore in 1942-3.  Looks a bit like a Sea Fox.  The Internet is a wonderful tool at times.

Cheers, Andy

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#5 27-Dec-2017 16:25:55

dadlamassu
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Re: Can anyone identify this plane?

It would be a great one to confuse the rivet counters at a model show.
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The "British" one
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#6 27-Dec-2017 17:29:45

sediment
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Re: Can anyone identify this plane?

They appear identical in those images.  I would imagine the deception would have worked a treat.

Cheers, Andy

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#7 27-Dec-2017 18:30:21

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sediment wrote:

They appear identical in those images.

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought that.


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#8 27-Dec-2017 18:37:12

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Quite a story there! Well done Alan.
Could be an article with game scenario? (Fictional or historical!)
CarlL

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#9 27-Dec-2017 18:49:45

dadlamassu
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Re: Can anyone identify this plane?

Quite easy to confuse the Seafox and the Dave.

Seafox
Seafox.jpg

Dave
2_1.jpg

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