It looks like the turrets have just had dismountable structures built around them to provide the flight decks fore and aft?
The aft deck with that strange kink is also weird, surely the Germans would have used a little logic that a landing deck would need to be flat to be of any use!
Yes, the turrets were still in place, hence the 'kink' in the landing deck, where the barrels of the 'X'-turret were. I don't know what they were thinking, but this was still the early age of carriers. Maybe they thought the rise would serve as addition brake, as in going uphill?
Obviously I haven't seen the quality of the photographs the German seaplanes took, but I am surprised that they thought the fore launching deck was so high! Even having 6-8 aircraft parked on the foredeck seems rather cramped too.
The pictures are not a good quality, being mediocre scans of old pictures. But you can see that the carrier (the real Furious
) is quite long and slim and the proportions do not really match the Pensylvania
-conversation. I don't know why they picked it in the first place; how much did the Germans know about the construction of the Courageous
-class? Even the sketch of the Pennsylvania
wasn't exactly matching with Karle94's version.
How can i find more info on this project and the german ship?
Not in any book I know of. I got some original documents on the Ausonia
(see previous posts) from the archives, where these reports were included.
Any help and source material is always welcome.