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Japan's Aichi E13A reconnaissance; Navy Type 0 Model 1
Allied Code Name: Jake

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Aichi E13A floatplane:
Japan's Aichi E13A floatplane

Design

The Aichi E13A was designed to fill a 1937 specification for a replacement for the Kawanishi E7K2.

Anti-Submarine

Some E13s were fitted with magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment to help find submarines.

Prototype

The E13A prototype first flew in late 1938.

Production

  • Total: 1,418
    • Manufacturer: Aichi Kokuki K.K.

The Aichi E13A was constructed by the Aichi (only the first 133), Hiro Naval Air Arsenal, and Kyushu Watanabe.

Variants

  • Aichi E13A:
  • Aichi E13A1:
  • Aichi E13A1-K: Trainer.
  • Aichi E13A1a (Model 11A): New float braces and radio. Appeared in November 1944.
  • Aichi E13A1b (Model 11B): Had air to surface radar. Appeared in November 1944.

Usage

In early 1941 the E13A entered service. The E13A was also used for rescue, transport, and attack.

The Aichi E13A was used on Cruisers and flying boat tenders. The E13A1 was on a battleship, twelve cruisers, and four support ships.

Pearl Harbor

The E13A was used in the reconnaissance of Pearl Harbor right before the attack.

Campaigns

The Aichi E13A was used in the Coral Sea, Midway, and Solomon Island campaigns.

France

The French Navy used one Aichi E13A after World War II in Indo-China.

Specifications

  Aichi E13A
Type Reconnaissance floatplane
Crew 3
Engine (Type) Mitsubishi Kinsei 43
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling  
Net HP 1,080
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 47' 7"
14.5 m
Length 37'
11.28 m
Height 15' 5"
4.7 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 5,825 lb
2,642 kg
Normal load 8,048 lb
3,650 kg
Maximum load 8,818 lb
4,000 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 7,155' /
2,180 m
234 mph
376 kph
Speed - cruising 138 mph
222 kph
Climb to 9,840' /
3,000 m
6.1 minutes
Service ceiling 28,640'
8,730 m
Range 1,298 miles
2,090 km
Range with full load  
Armament  
Belly 1: 20 mm
Rear cockpit 1: 7.92 mm MG
Bombs 4: 132 lb
4: 60 kg
OR 1: 550 lb
1: 250 kg
  Aichi E13A1
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 3
Engine (Type) Mitsubishi Kinsei 43
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 1,080
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 47' 7"
Length 37'
Height 24' 3"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Normal load 8,025 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 7,155' /
2,180 m
234 mph
Speed - cruising  
Service ceiling 28,640'
Range 1,298 miles
Range with full load  
Armament 1: MG
Bombs 551 lb

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site