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Posted 6 years ago

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My great uncle wilson was on the USS Arizona before the attack that sunk her in pearl harbor,and these were made from actual shells from that ship.
his son has the other 4 of this set,and he still lives in hawaii,and i was told these actually had a practical application at one time.
They were used on the ships "planning board",these represented actual planes "on deck"so the ship commander could see what and where certain planes were in relation to plane in line to take off and such.
i asked why the planes had no wheels like the "real "planes and was told so they could be slid from place to place yet stay in place and not roll all over confuseing their planning.


  1. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 6 years ago
    Do these have floats attached for a water landing? If so they may represent the scout planes carried aboard battleships.
  2. Jonbladefoot, 6 years ago
    Yes they do,I also have an ash tray thats part of the set,ill add a pict of it in a bit,unfortunately when i was a child(my uncle wilson died when i was 12)he was hard to understand and he didnt like repeating him self,i drilled him as much as his patience would allow,so any other info is greatly appreciated!
    Thank you
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Beautiful trench art planes!

    The Arizona was a battleship, so she did not carry wheeled planes. She did have a few spotting planes that would have had pontoons or floats instead of wheels.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It is really great to see these crew made pieces of trench art. It is amazing what the crew could create.

  5. Jonbladefoot, 6 years ago
    Right you are,I think they were placed as to where they were as to the "mission"they were on,when i said "on deck" maybe i should have said "on Mission"I can see where that would be confusing
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Here is a link to a picture of the USS Arizona with her contingent of three planes, circa 1938:


  7. Dan121156 Dan121156, 6 years ago
    Nice piece of history.... Thanks for sharing.

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