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Tiger_mate
15th Oct 2002, 10:40
In 1917 a Sopwith Pup was used on HMS Repulse taking off from a wooden deck mounted upon a gun turret.

For years I have assumed that this would be one of the forward turrets flying into wind which of course required the ship to orientate into an appropriate heading to achieve this.

I have just received a photo for some research that I am doing that suggests that an aft turret was used.

Clearly there are no eye witness accounts available these days, but I am wondering if anyone viewing these forums is able to confirm this detail as it is important in my present project.

Naval historians, over to you. With thanks in advance.

T_M

I. M. Esperto
15th Oct 2002, 14:40
http://www.naval-art.com/repulse.htm

This states the Pup operated from "B" turret, was flown by Rutland.

I believe the B turret is what the USN calls #2 turret, which would be foreward of midships, and higher than the foreward turret.

vintage ATCO
15th Oct 2002, 22:05
The Shuttleworth Collection have an airworthy Sopwith Pup, but we don't fly it off a turret! :D However, someone amongst the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society might know something, their e-mail is [email protected].

HTH

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