|Quoting ptrjong (Reply 2):|
Thanks. But I'd say if you can fly them it's not necessary to ship them.
It appears that during Operation Torch some L-4s were flown off converted LSTs with a temporary deck and that during Overlord a number did fly from England over to Normandy. Not sure if this link will work but page 33 has some discussion about them:
There's a photo on Page 40 here of another disassembled L-4 being loaded on a LST
in England prior to the invasion, the caption says that it was landed on the beach, reassembled and used to spot gunfire for the invasion fleet.
As Fields mentioned range appears to be the major reason for this. From the US Army Aviation Museum, "During the Normandy invasion, some L-4s were dismantled and shipped across the English Channel to Normandy on LSTs (landing, ship, tanks); others were flown across with auxiliary fuel tanks in the rear seats.
In the Pacific campaigns, L-4s had to be disassembled and transported by sea; they then took off from the decks of LSTs and other type ships and flew to the islands being invaded to adjust fire and perform other missions. When carriers were not involved in an invasion force, the L-4s usually had to land on the beaches. In some instances, wooden floats were attached to L-4s so they could land and take off from water.