Ise Class Battleship-Carrier from Above
Here we see an Ise class battleship-carrier from above, showing the shape of the the flight deck that replaced the rear guns. The two Ise class battleships were seen as obsolete by the time Japan entered the Second World War, and after the Japanese lost most of their fleet carriers work began on converting them into float-plane carriers. This was a reversion to the earliest First World War carriers and would have seen the aircraft take off from the short flight deck, but land on the sea ready to be winched back onboard. The Japanese never had enough aircraft to carry out this plan, and the two ships were used to ferry troops. Both were part of the decoy force during the battle of Leyte Gulf, but survived the American attack on that force at Cape Engano, only to be sunk by air attack later in the war.
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Rickard, J (25 January 2019), Ise Class Battleship-Carrier from Above , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_ise_class_battleship_carrier_above.html