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Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 5:00:44 PM   
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http://www.avia-it.com/act/rassegna_aeronautica/rassegna/Echi_Maggio_2012/Navla_Air_Attack.pdf

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 5:06:34 PM   
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Unusual....never seen that before

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 5:59:02 PM   
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it looks like the remains of a flight deck. Possibly the merchant was a former converted aircraft transport Reminds me of how Langley looked after her downgrading from carrier to aircraft transport

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 7:07:29 PM   
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No idea what it is, but searching for it, I found the newspaper its in.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/56485061/Naval-Aviation-News-May-1944

Its amazing how much information (and propaganda) the average USN flyer got monthly. Notam, useful tips, survival guide, history lesson, detailed news of airstrikes and even a drawing of the strategic stepping stones to Tokyo.







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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 8:12:21 PM   
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Cool find, Dili!

No Idea what the platform is about. Couldn´t it simply be the same as on this model of Hinko Maru?
As you can see obviousely they had the lifeboats at that position, although on that model the 'flight deck' is not as far aft.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 9:21:41 PM   
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Don't think so Lobaron, doesn't seem to have support for lifeboats there. You can see davits at middle ship btw.

It has also a big mast, derrick? unusually too much in the rear. Maybe only discovering what is this ship.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 9:42:07 PM   
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That's the roof over the Captain's lounge, bar-b-q pit and the swimming pool.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 10:00:05 PM   
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I guess it might be an improvised vehicle platform/ferry, probably could fit two/four trucks/tanks side by side. It would also explain the downward slope at the end to fit a roll on/off gangway. Probably a winch fitted there somewhere near the mast

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 11:27:28 PM   
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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/25/2012 11:46:40 PM   
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Here's a serious guess: The platform can be rotated 90 deg port or starboard and can move a small distance up or down that mast. CV tender.

Or perhaps a general purpose tender that can handle BBs and CAs too. See the four opaque upright thingies toward the ramp end? Imagine those rotating down 180 deg and locking onto a ship's rail.
Naah, that doesn't look right.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/26/2012 11:42:24 AM   
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Looks like it's got some rails runing from the mast aft.  Too high of the water for depth charge but could be rails for a float plane plus the deck seems to dip.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/26/2012 12:40:11 PM   
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I guess it might be an improvised vehicle platform/ferry, probably could fit two/four trucks/tanks side by side. It would also explain the downward slope at the end to fit a roll on/off gangway. Probably a winch fitted there somewhere near the mast

Rather small merchie for a seaplane (AKL type). What would be the point of such expense. In most seas a seaplane small enough to fit there would crack up when trying to take off from the water.

I'd go with this hypothesis...it would seem that the Navy a/c has made the necessary test of the hypothesis superfluous however.

As unpalatable as the JFB community might find it it sure seems likely that the aircrew mentioned in the caption are the gunners on a great big blue-painted 4E bomber attacking from considerably under 10000 ft.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/27/2012 3:09:22 AM   
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It is a vehicle loading ramp for use on beaches.

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/27/2012 4:40:33 AM   
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It sure looks like a small flying off platform...


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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/27/2012 8:15:12 AM   
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Judgeing by the picture this is a small converted cargo ship. (xAKL) Again from the picture that platform looks to be some kind of ramp leading off the back of the ship. What would you be dropping off the back of a ship? Mines!

My guess is this ship is a mine layer.



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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/27/2012 9:39:24 AM   
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Gonna wager a guess myself, but being that it is near the aft crane, what is the possibility that this is a deck built to carry Daihatsu landing craft for troop debarking?

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RE: Strange platform at rear of Japanese ship - 5/27/2012 10:28:47 AM   
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I think the mast there precludes any kind of air element. I also have doubts about anything weighty to be transported there. I can think of a platform to resupply bigger ships with small stuff: means many men working.

No one with a Japanese merchant navy database to check what is the ship? I would say it is a ship around 1000grt.

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