British Sunderland flying boat that served throughout the war in a naval recon role makes a landing on choppy seas. Slow but sturdy and sound, the "Tired Bee", as she was called by German sub crews due to the characteristic drone of her engines, became early on the worst enemy of submarines. She could fly slow, which allowed for accurate observation, and carried enough weapons to make an impression.
Kawanishi H8K flying boat "Emily" all-metal,4-engine, large,Type 2 Flying Boat of Imperial Japanese Navy & considered the best flying boat of WWII.Built to replace Kawanishi H6K & exceed performance of Short S.25 Sunderland & Sikorsky XPBS-1 Patrol Bomber.Specification 13-Shi called for speed of 276mph (444km/h),cruise speed of 207mph (333km/h) & range of 5,180miles (8,336km).Ordered 1938 same time predecessor,Kawanishi H6K,went into service.167 built & made 1st flight January 1941.
No. 10 Squadron was in Britain before the outbreak of war to be equipped with the new Short Sunderland flying Boats. It was joined by 461 Squadron in April 1942 also equipped with Sunderlands which were nicknamed the “flying porcupine” by the German fighter pilots who encountered them, due to the large number of machine guns they were armed with.
422 Squadron RCAF mascot, Straddle takes the co-pilot's seat in a Short Sunderland flying boat. 422 flew the massive Sunderlands on coastal and submarine patrols and Straddle was known to actually go on these patrols. In the left seat is Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Detwiller.
The odd looking Kawanishi E11K flying boat with its single Hiro Type 91 W Engine mounted on a strut above the wing in a pusher configuration. This is Kawanishi's response to the IJN's 1936 requirement for a night time reconnaissance aircraft intended to spot naval gunfire in night actions and to shadow enemy forces at night, allowing submarines to be directed to targets. Only two prototypes were made for the IJN but not surprisingly they were never accepted for that role.