Aichi E13A

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Role Reconnaissance Floatplane
Manufacturer Aichi
Introduction 1941
Primary users IJN Air Service
Royal Thai Navy
Number built 1,418

The Aichi E13A (Allied reporting name: "Jake") was a long-range reconnaissance seaplane used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) from 1941 to 1945. Numerically the most important floatplane of the IJN, it could carry a crew of three and a bombload of 250 kg (550 lb). The Navy designation was "Navy Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane" (零式水上偵察機).

In China, it operated from seaplane tenders and cruisers. Later, it was used as a scout for the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and was encountered in combat by the United States Navy during the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway. It was in service throughout the conflict, for coastal patrols, strikes against navigation, liaison, officer transports, castaway rescues, and other missions, along with some kamikaze missions in the last days of war.

Eight examples were operated by the French Navy Air Force during the First Indochina War from 1945-1947,[1] while others were believed to be operated by the Naval Air Arm of the Royal Thai Navy before the war. One example captured by New Zealand forces was flown by RNZAF personnel in theatre, but sank and was not repaired after a float leaked.


An Aichi E13A, probably from Kamikawa Maru's air unit, possibly photographed at Deboyne Island during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Prototypes and first production model, later designated Model 11.[2]


Trainer version with dual controls


Redesigned floats, improved radio equipment


Night-flying conversion


As E13A1a, with Air-Surface radar


Night-flying conversion of above


Anti-surface vessel version equipped with two downward-firing belly-mounted 20 mm Type 99 Mark II cannons in addition to bombs or depth charges



 People's Republic of China

Specifications (E13A1)[edit]

Aichi-E13A1 Zero Model 11.svg

Data from Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War[3]

General characteristics



  • Guns: 1× flexible, rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 machine gun for observer
  • Bombs: 250 kg (551 lb) of bombs


Aichi E13 floatplane wreck, sunk in Kavieng Harbor, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ Dorr and Bishop 1996, p. 234.
  2. ^ Francillon 1979, p. 277.
  3. ^ a b Francillon 1979, p. 281.
  4. ^ Francillon 1979, pp. 277, 280.
  • Dorr, Robert E. and Chris Bishop. Vietnam Air War Debrief. London: Aerospace Publishing, 1996. ISBN 1-874023-78-6.
  • Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1970 (2nd edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6.
  • Green, William. Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume Six: Floatplanes. London: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1962.

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