They were towed behind the U-boat to get a high vantage point for the lookout. Reovery of the aircraft and stowage took about 20min so in the event of an aircraft happening on them the gyro and pilot were considered expendable-the tether was simply cut and the U-Boat submerged. Not a lot of volunteers for that job.
That particular one is on display in RAF Cosford.
EDIT: Too late. Anyway forgot the Germans didn't really know much about Britain's radar anyway so why use it in the way I have suggested.
Oh and believe it or not but Japan had a sub that could hold three full-size foldable airplanes.
From the internet it seems at least SEVEN airfields in Northern Ireland opened or began operations in 1941.
Kirkistown seems my best shot of the seven.
The other possible six are: Ballyhalbert, Long Kesh, Eglinton, St Angelo, Sydenham and Limavady.
My apologies Xacto didn't realise that it would be deleted, thought that I had to delete prior to uploading the next picture. Still on a learning curve.
The picture was taken during annual camp, the white objects in front of the hangars are bell tents. The internment camp was not constructed until early 1944 and even then only housed a small number of Allied Internees prior to release as by that time all Allied Internees were gone from the Curragh. Only the Germans remained.
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