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US-captured German Ar 196A-5 seaplane being launched from a catapult removed from cruiser Prinz Eugen, Naval Air Materiel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 1947

Caption   US-captured German Ar 196A-5 seaplane being launched from a catapult removed from cruiser Prinz Eugen, Naval Air Materiel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 1947 ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Jun 2010
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
10 Aug 2010 06:10:16 PM

Photograph shows Arado Ar 196 painted in erroneous markings, Post World War II.

Arado Ar.196 W.Nr.1024 w/ code GA+DX was
photograped in 1940. This type of aircraft
code, wasn't used by any Bordflieger Gruppe.

The Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen had one Ar 196
aircraft onboard, and the unit was
5./Bordflieger Gruppe 196, w/ code T3+DM.

The National Air & Space Museum, located in
Washington, DC has a Arado Ar. 196 However,
the aircraft is not on display, it is on loan
or in storage.
2. Bill says:
21 Nov 2010 04:02:44 PM


After World War II the German Heavy Cruiser
Prinz Eugen was turned over to the US Navy
as a "War Prize", so were her two Ar 196 aircraft.

The Navy was more interested in the catapult
system than the aircraft. However, it did
add four hours of testing and evaluation in
the air to the 14 hours one of the planes had
in its log book.

Ar 196, code (T3+CH) was sent to Willow Grove
Pennsylvania and was on outdoor display for many years, until it was transferred to the
US Naval Air Museum at Pensacola, Fl.


Photograph of Arado Ar 196 in Bogas markings
that code (GA+DX) in reality was a code of a early production Ar 196A-2.

Ar 196 code (T3+BH) went to the Smithsonian
and is under restoration. The aircraft will
be on display at the Museum's new annex at
Washington-Dullas Airport.
3. Chris K. says:
25 Aug 2012 01:16:05 PM

Bill, I work at Sherman Crash and I came across the Arado 196 on two trailers at the museum hanger. How do you know it is an 196A-5? What squardron or flight is it from (red shield with white seahorse). I can not find very much on the internet. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Oct 2016 11:02:28 AM


German warship Prinz Eugen
was surrendered at wars end at Copenhagen, Denmark.
During that time the ship carried two (2) two Ar 196A-5 versions onboard. Aircraft off loading from catapult, has erroneous markings. The original code was (T3+BH) aircraft were assigned to Bordfliegerkommando, the US Navy was interested in the catapult system and used the Ar-196 for tests. the Final production version built as the Ar 196A-5.

Prinz Eugen left on her voyage to the USA from Bermerhaven-Wesermude to Boston USA. Later the ship was used as a target along with other Japanese and US Navy ships during atomic tests in the Pacific in 1946
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Oct 2016 09:40:33 AM


1./BoFIGr. 196 Markings Red Sea Horse facing left on a blue shield, or a White Sea Horse facing left on a red shield.

White Sea Horse facing right
on a blue shield.
White Sea Horse facing left w/black trim on a blue shield.

Last production version of the Ar.196 was in 1943 the
Prinz Eugen received (2) two model A-5's these aircraft were W.Nr. 623107 and 623183 onboard when the Prinz Eugen surrendered at
Copenhagen, Denmark 1945.

During WWII operations, Ar.196 aircraft were rotated from ship to ship, later most Ar.196's operated from land-bases. Did you know that aircraft and personnel, to the Kriegsmarine were under Luftwaffe control...

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