Imperial Japanese Navy
The submarine tender Heian Maru
is laying with two submarines in a lagoon, surrounded by small islands,
in the Southpacific. Besides all kinds of store and food, the Heian Maru
have also ammunition supplies aboard …
Here a Torpedo is handed over by a derrick.
( a little guessing )
From one of the surrounding beaches we see a full reequipted submarine , wich is heading for the open Pacific .
was a type of a special supply ship for aircraftcarrier groups. Besides aircraftfuel,
oil and ammunition there were also repair shops for aircrafts aboard.
As a modern ship of her time, she commissioned not before early 1943,
but was already sunk in june of 1944 by an US-submarine.
The Kimikawa maru
is a seaplane tender converted from a Kombi-passenger-freighter,
which is seen here in the camouflage for the northern pacific operations by the area of the Aleutians.
At starboard of the main deck , is a swivelling catapult, usually aboard cruisers.
There are also the seaplanes type Mitsubishi F1M2 (Pete)
, and one Aichi E13A1 (Jake)
in light-paintings located.
A real specialized ship is the flyingboat tender Akitsushima
with a individual camouflage.
The appearance here is the condition of 1943. The forecastle was, like many IJN units
with a red Browne (corticene by Alan Raven ) linoleum planked.
On the afterdeck is a Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
flyingboat in maintenance.
The light cruiser Oyodo
was the bigger half sister of the Yahagi
By many of the Japanese capital ships, there was plenty of room for seaplanes, also in this case.
So, there was a big Hangar on Oyodo
and the whole afterdeck was projected for the use of seaplanes !
This picture shows this ship with a special large catapult in 1943.
This catapult was necessary, even for a new and heavy aircraft type Kawanashi E15K Shiun ( Norm )
to launch. From 6 E15K
which reached the frontline, only 2 were embarked on Oyodo
So seen here is a rare constellation.
The Model Norm
is converted from a Neptun Jake.