From the wiki: “The Nakajima E8N was a Japanese ship-borne, catapult-launched, reconnaissance seaplane of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). It was a single-engine, two-seat biplane with a central main-float and underwing outriggers. During the Pacific War, it was known to the Allies by the reporting name ‘Dave’.
“1st Lt. F.P. Weldy and his wingman, 2nd Lt. C.K. Jackson, spotted six Daves approaching the ship from starboard. The floatplanes were from a group of twenty-eight that had taken off from the Ibusuki Naval Air Station [near Kagoshima] earlier that day. Their slow speed and low altitude made it difficult for the speedy CAP fighters to intercept them.
“… Jackson shot down on of them and then turned into another and shot it down also. Weldy then fired into a Dave but it continued on toward the Morrison. Explosive shells from the ship failed to detonate since the plane [was] constructed of wood with fabric coverings. At 0834 the Dave crashed into Morrison‘s #3 five-inch gun igniting the powder in the upper handling room and causing a massive explosion.”
– Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships: Okinawa, 1945, Robin L. Rielly, 2010
“The E8N was ordered into production, designated Navy Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane Model 1, in October 1935. A total of 755 E8Ns were built by Nakajima and Kawanishi, with production continuing until 1940. It was subsequently shipped aboard all the Imperial Japanese Navy capital ships then in service, plus 16 cruisers and five seaplane tenders.”
Maximum speed: 301 km/h (162 kn, 186 mph)
Cruise speed: 186 km/h (100 kn, 115 mph)
Range: 904 km (485 nm, 558 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,270 m (23,845 ft)
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