The Sikorsky JRS-1 was a flying boat, looking something like the PBY Catalina but smaller. The Navy and Marines had some at Pearl Harbor, where they were assigned to Utility Squadron 1, hauling people, mail and other stuff around. They were sometimes described as pick up trucks. They were also used for aerial photography. Utility Squadron 1 had as its logo a Pelican with a photographer in its beak and a sack of mail in its claws.
When the Japanese attacked the air field and sea plane base on For Island they destroyed or damaged all the Catalinas. Only three Catalinas survived because they were out on patrol when the attack occurred. But the Japanese missed the JRS-1's. With the loss of the PBY's the Navy lost it's long range patrol capability, which was bad because they didn't know where the Japanese fleet was or what it was planning. So they pressed the JRS-1's into service as patrol planes. The JRS-1 had a top speed of 190 mph, which meant it couldn't outrun a Zero, and it had no defensive armament. So they sent up volunteer sailors and marines who sat at the open doors with rifles to shoot at any attacking Japanese planes. As the video says, its was effectively a suicide mission. They were really only hoping that the planes would survive long enough to get a radio message off. Fortunately, the Japanese fleet was withdrawing and the JRS-1's never found them or encountered enemy planes.
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Can you imagine the courage that it took to go on those missions? The unknown, together with the devastation you couldnt miss throughout the islands meant you probably believed as you went out that there was a good chance you weren't coming back.
The mentality at the time was that islands were going to be invaded.
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Dracul: It looks like it lost a lot of steam and I now feel bad for randomly dropping off.
Jun 15, 2018 14:58:17 GMT -5
stuka: I mean it's not your fault. It is interesting though that things are falling off as we are finally getting our ww2 guns with the type 38/96 and the enfield as well as it recieving a new loading system, it's kind of unfortunate
Jun 16, 2018 3:30:04 GMT -5
Dracul: I don't know, maybe its because all the guns are becoming available, there is a decreasing need for the forums.
Jun 16, 2018 16:29:26 GMT -5
Dracul: Most of the talk was about making guns, as all the uniform info was already out there, but now the weapons are out there and are usually decent quality.
Jun 16, 2018 16:33:32 GMT -5
stuka: well the forum is and should still be useful for updates on guns, creating groups/events and building kits
Jun 18, 2018 1:33:29 GMT -5
Cpl. Hicks: I haven't been here in years, but I'm glad to see this forum is still kicking! So much great info on here.
Jun 22, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5
savoy6: anyone know if anyone still carries the enfield?
Jul 15, 2018 18:47:08 GMT -5
Dracul: I think Redwolf has a Enfield. If not or not longer, then not until G&G releases theirs. The old gas Iron Airsoft brand SMLE isn't carried by anyone anymore and was such piece of crap. Not worth trying to track one down.
Jul 19, 2018 5:55:35 GMT -5