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CVE catapults

October 13 2009 at 2:30 PM
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Nelson  (no login)
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Response to Re Escort Carriers etc



I'm going to let Jim answer this one "officially", but on the basis of what I know and what I think:

1. I know that the little CVEs did have flight deck catapults to assist their aircraft in getting aloft.
2. I know that the army P-47s were catapulted from the CVEs to get them to their airstrips on terra firma.

3. I THINK that army (and navy) aircraft lacking catapult hooks were provided makeshift, drop-off devices to enable them to be catapult-launched. [The drop-off part may be incorrect, and thus they had to be manually removed ashore.]

4. I DON'T THINK the big carriers had flight deck catapults or at least they did not have them as early as the Doolittle raid. Catapults were necessarily added as a function of the small size of the jeep carriers.

I'm in muy uncertain waters here, so I'll let Jim take it from here, with apologies for any muddying of said waters.


This message has been edited by Visje1981 from IP address on Oct 14, 2009 8:14 PM

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