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"Spotting" vs "fighter" catapult aircraft in history

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WoWS got me thinking about an IRL issue I don't know the answer to.


In game, we have a distinction between "spotting" and "fighter" floatplanes on cruisers and battleships.


Did these distinct plane types actually exist? What did the catapult planes actually do most of the time?


I can easily see the spotting/scouting being a thing? Did they actually engage in aerial combat? With any success? From Wikipedia, a lot of the planes used had armaments, but they seem rudimentary.

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Afaik floatplane fighters did exist though they usually performed poorly in combat against real fighters. The only model I know is a Japanese one:



Generally floatplanes were used for scouting and spotting for artillery. During the war they were also used for Search & Rescue to recover downed pilots and ASW.

After the war they were replaced by helicopters.

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