The Ar 196s were also used in the English Channel for air-sea rescues.
In 1940 two Ar 196s helped in the capture the HMS Seal submarine. The submarine had been damaged by a mine off the coast of Norway. Two Ar 196s based in Aalborg, Denmark attacked the submarine and prevented it from submerging. The Kriegsmarine then captured the submarine.
The Admiral Graf Spee was the first warship supplied with the Ar 196. Eventually all capital ships and heavy cruisers had them.
The battleships Bismark and Tirpitz had six Arado Ar 196s each. The Gneisenau and Scharnhorst each had four. Pocket battleships and light cruisers had two Ar 196s. Heavy cruisers had three Ar 196s onboard.
The Ar 196 was also used from land bases in the North Sea, Baltic, English Channel, and the Bay of Biscay starting in 1940.
The Ar 196 was used for coastal patrolling, reconnaissance, anti-submarine, light bombing, and convoy escorting.
Used in Which Countries
Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, and Romania all used the Ar 196.