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Old 30th April 2021, 11:43
Richard Aigner Richard Aigner is offline
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Carrier planes not good enough for aerial reconnaissance?

"Battling the Elements", Harold A. Winters, p. 221:
"Of immediate importance to American planners was that only larger land based planes, and not carrier-based aircraft, could provide the stable platform needed for quality air-photo reconnaissance." (In the chapter dealing with the attack on Tarawa in 1943.)
If single-engined planes were not good enough for aerial reconnaissance, what of all those P-51s, Spitfires, Bf109s etc. laboriously converted to that role? Or were carrier based planes a different game entirely?

Last edited by Richard Aigner; 30th April 2021 at 11:43. Reason: correction of spelling
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