French Naval Aircraft Wreck

Discussion in 'Aircraft Pictures' started by tac-67, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. tac-67

    tac-67 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2006
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Another photo from my collection, appears to be a French naval aircraft. I cannot make out the type on the tail. Anyone know the type and story of this aircraft? Enjoy!
     

    Attached Files:

  2. verner

    verner Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Third Stone
    Looks to be a Lateceore 298
     

    Attached Files:

  3. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,064
    Likes Received:
    655
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    I do believe Verner is spot on.
     
  4. tac-67

    tac-67 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2006
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Now as I look at the photo, after seeing Verner's profile photo, I see what appears to be the back end of one of the floats. Thanks for the reply.
     
  5. Arsenal VG-33

    Arsenal VG-33 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    Messages:
    455
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Indiana
    #5 Arsenal VG-33, Nov 3, 2009
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2009
    verner is correct...it is indeed a Latecoere 298, a torpedo bomber designed for coastal and anti-submarine patrols. They were thrown into the fray during 1940 strafing German ground columns in the vicinity of Boulogne and the Somme, which was really not the role it was designed for.

    More info here:

    Latécoère 298 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    edit - further research reveals that on May 23rd, 1940 this aircraft was most likely belonged to either the French fleet air arm T2 or T3 squadrons (both of which flew into action on that day and both based at Cherbourg) They attacked the German troops with 10 Latécoère 298 seaplanes, armed with machineguns and their torpedo bays armed with 500 kg bomb loads. 4 aircrafts were shot down, the one pictured above is obviously one of them.
     
  6. Bernhart

    Bernhart <b>2012 Forum Fantasy Football Champion</ b>

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2007
    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    mental health nurse
    Location:
    Canada
    looks like it's been there a while, long grass under the wing and really short around the wing
     
Loading...

Share This Page