E13A seaplane in flight, date unknown

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 May 2016 12:21:51 PM


Aichi E13A1 (JAKE) "X" was the code used for seaplanes carried aboard the Kamikawa Maru
followed by the aircraft number X-7 shown in file photo. Kamikawa Maru operated in the Aleutians and Kuriles Is.
(Jakes) operated in the Aleutians both men and machine faced extreme weather conditions.


Aircraft in (Light Gray) had the identification codes in red. Camouflaged aircraft (Dark Green)
had codes in white. Standard Hinomaru markings 9Red Sun) in six positions
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
31 May 2016 10:50:39 AM


Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an Aichi E13A1 (JAKE J11-1) was launched from the cruiser Chikuma at 06:45hrs. At 07:35hrs. the pilot PO1/c Akira Ito reported the number of ships
in the harbor, and conditions over the target.
After relaying this information, the Jake left the area in search for the US Carriers.

Other crewman aboard Jake J11-1 were PO Masaaru Fukuoka, Observer and PO3/c Fushanobu Kasamori, rear gunner. Did you know that the radar station on Opana Ridge picked up the Jake on its radar, the radar operators passed this information to Pearl Harbor.


Another Aichi E13A1 (JAKE J1-1) was launched from the cruiser Tone at 05:30hrs. for a recon flight over Lahaina Roads Anchorage off the Island of Maui 89 miles from Oahu, to survey the target.
At 07:35hrs. pilot PO1/c Yoichi Takahashi reported that there are no enemy ships there.
Other crewman aboard JAKE J1-1 were PO Ryozo Narukawa, Observer and PO2/c Nobuo Oku, Gunner.


Among the other Japanese aircraft lost during the Battle of Midway, June 1942 were three Jakes from the Cruiser Chikuma and two Jakes from the Cruiser Tone. By wars end the Jake was also used for Kamikaze missions.


The Japanese supplied a number of Jakes to the Royal Thai Navy However, due to lack of spare-parts, the Jakes were phased out of service by 1948. A few other countries in Asia operated the Jake, but due to lack of spare-parts the service life was short.
The French captured a number of Japanese aircraft at wars end, among them were Jakes that operated with 8 Escadrille de Servitude Aero
Navale from 1946 to 1948
The Royal New Zealand Air Force captured a Jake
it was flown to Jacquinot Bay, New Britian on October 1945. Aircraft later sank due to one of its floats leaking, a/c was not salvaged.
Surviving Jakes in Japan were examined and later scrapped or burned by US Forces after Japanese surrender in August 1945

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