Finding home

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  1. pmangelos

    pmangelos New Member

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    I was wondering if someone could give me an explination on haw a WWII Naval aviator was able to find his way back to his aircraft carrier after a mission. I understand that plotting boards were used by pilots, I have seen numerous photos of pilots with these boards and read where they have been mentioned, but I have no idea on how these were used to make it back to a moving ship while the pilot was away and possible engaged with the enemy. If anyone can shed some light on how this was done, I am very interested in listening. Thanks in advance.
    Paul
     
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    FLYBOYJ "THE GREAT GAZOO"
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    There were low frequency nav aids used that enabled the pilot to home in on his carrier.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. What prevented the enemy from using these signals to find the ships?
     
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    there were tons of frequencies to monitor and once you determined the freq dispersing the info would have been a lengthy process to get the info to the closest resource so he could action it (co-ordination) the carrier group would be moving and the navaids would have more then likely been used only when needed
     
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