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Re: CVE catapults

October 16 2009 at 5:19 AM
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Referring to Friedman again. As converted from the merchant C-3 type MORMACMAIL, USS LONG ISLAND had a flight deck extending 362 back from the pilot house (still in its original merchant ship position), and one H Mark II catapult mounted at a 30 degree angle to the centerline so that an aircraft launched off the forward port corner of the flight deck.

This configuration was unsuccessful, and in Sep 1941 the flight deck was extended forward another 77 feet over the pilot house. The catapult was relocated to the portside of the flight deck parallel to the centerline.

There's a photo in Terzibaschitsch's book on USN Escort Carriers of LONG ISLAND as of 7 Aug 1941 showing the original angled location of the catapult.

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