StarshellsNovember 9 2011 at 7:19 PM
|Tom (no login)|
Response to Re: De RUYTER's Illumination Capabilities
I'm certainly no expert on this particular bit of minutia, but I'm wondering if starshells were made in 6-inch (or 5.9-inch in the case of De Ruyter) caliber. I've always been under the general impression that starshells were usually found in smaller calibers during WW2, such as 4-inch and 5-inch.
The reason for my asking in the first place is that I have the post-battle report of the Dutch liaison officer who served aboard Exeter during the Java Sea fight. During her withdrawal from that fight they sighted flares in the distance, but no gunfire. Several of the RN officers asked their Dutch counterpart if De Ruyter had the capacity to fire starshells. His response is not clear. The flares they saw were almost certainly those fired by Perth (which fell short) or dropped by Japanese floatplanes.
As stated above, I was always under the impression that that starshells were fired by smaller caliber guns. Since De Ruyter's secondary armament was 40mm and .50-caliber it got me wondering if she was even capable of illuminating the battlefield at night.