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ManufacturerYokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal
Primary RoleSeaplane


ww2dbaseThe E14Y seaplanes, designated by the Japanese Navy as the Type 0 Small Reconnaissance Seaplane, first took flight in 1939 and were placed in service in 1941. They were designed to be equipped aboard submarines. A number of E14Y aircraft were the only hostile aircraft to fly over New Zealand during WW2, while one of them, piloted by Nobuo Fujita, the same pilot who flew the first reconnaissance mission over New Zealand, became the only aircraft to drop bombs on continental United States during WW2. E14Y aircraft were removed from service in 1943. 126 examples were built during the design's production life.

ww2dbaseThe Allied codename for the E14Y aircraft was Glen. Some Japanese E14Y aircrews nicknamed the model Kin'gyo, "Goldfish".

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Apr 2012

E14Y Timeline

1 Mar 1942 The E14Y floatplane of Japanese submarine I-25 conducted a reconnaissance mission over Hobart, Australia.
24 May 1942 Warrant Officer Susumo Ito, flying in a submarine-based (submarine I-21) E14Y aircraft, conducted a photographic reconnaissance mission over Auckland, New Zealand. The Auckland airport controllers mistook the Japanese aircraft for a friendly one and turned on the landing lights.
17 Oct 1943 Barbers Point Naval Air Station: About 0010, a small float-type monoplane was picked up by the searchlight of NAS, Barber's Point. The plane, presumably a Japanese reconnaissance plane, attempted to dodge the searchlights, and sped out to sea at a low altitude [an E14Y "Glen" floatplane was launched from submarine I-36 120 miles south-southwest of Oahu and failed to return]. One staff officer of Task Group 19.13 on board.


MachineryOne Hitachi Tempu 12 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine rated at 340hp
Armament1x7.7mm rear cockpit Type 92 machine gun, 4x76kg bombs
Span11.00 m
Length8.54 m
Height3.82 m
Wing Area19.00 m²
Weight, Empty1,119 kg
Weight, Loaded1,450 kg
Weight, Maximum1,603 kg
Speed, Maximum246 km/h
Speed, Cruising167 km/h
Service Ceiling5,420 m
Range, Normal880 km


Prototype E14Y aircraft in flight, 1939-1940E14Y aircraft in flight, date unknown
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