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H.M.A.S. Australia, Gun turret take-off
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Frank P



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Here is a "Sopwith 1 Strutter" doing a gun turret take-off from H.M.A.S Australia in early 1917.
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· Date: Thu, 8 March 07 · Views: 284
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fred henderson

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Thu, 8 March 07 18:17

You have to admire the courage of the pilots of these early aircraft. They were a dodgy proposition in the best of conditions, but taking off over water from a stationary platform only twice the length of the aircraft is something else!

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Steve Woodward
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Thu, 8 March 07 19:03

The Australia and the New Zealand ( ship in the back ground) were, at this time, the two remaining ships of the Indefatigable class - the Indefatigable had been sunk at Jutland by the SMS Von der Tann on the 31st may 1916.

Details : L 590 feet overall, B 79 feet 10 inches, D 30 feet, displacement standard 18,750 22,080 full load

Machinery: 4 shaft Parsons steam turbines, 44,000 shp, 25kts
Weapons : 8 x 12in C45 MK X in four twin turrets 16 x 4in in single shielded mounts and three 18in torpedo tubes

Armour :- not much 6-4in belt, 7in barbettes, 7in turret faces, 2.5-1in decks

These three ships were an enlargement of the Invinble class with no improvement in armoured protection - given that Britain was building the far superior Tiger class one can only come to the conclusion that the only reason Oz and NZ built and paid for these ships is that they were cheap to build.

The Australia owes her abscence ( and possibly her survival) from the battle of Jutland to the New Zealand as the NZ rammed her in fog on 22 april 1916 putting her in dock until the 01st june 1916

New Zealand was at Jutland and fired more 12 inch shell s than anyone else - 420 to be exact - I do not know of any hits. but she was hit herself by a single 11 inch shell which hit X turret without major casualties or damage

Oz built by John Brown was scuttled east of Sydney to form artificial reef on the 12 April 1924.
and the NZ which was built by Fairfields was sold for scrapping 19 Dec 1922 under the 1922 Washington Treaty.
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Frank P

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Fri, 9 March 07 03:22

Thanks for the information Steve.

Just imagine those Pilots, if they took-off far out at sea and there were no aircraft carriers near by, the planes had to ditch in the sea near to an allied ship, and hopefully the pilot survived the crash and was picked-up.

Cheers Frank
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Steve Woodward
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Fri, 9 March 07 15:24

I personally think anyone who flies anywhere to be brave - a 12 inch C45 gives a max take-off run of 45 feet - I'd give the guy a VC
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