Remote-Controlled WWII Aircraft
This is actually a question -- preceeded by an explanation you might find interesting.
When I was shipped overseas in WWII my first stop was Hawaii -- specifically Maui Island -- where I bounced back and forth for a short period of time between the Fourth Marine Division's foreward base Camp Maui -- located in the shadow of Mount Haleakala, and Puunene Naval Air Base -- located just outside the town (now city) of Kehului. Neither Camp Maui nor Puunene Air Base are still in existance. Both are now history.
I was in a close air support control unit (ALP) and a part of our training involved flying as observers in Navy planes (Avengers, Helldivers) during "live" bombing and strafing exercises on targets on Kahoolawe Island -- a small island just south of Maui. The purpose of the training was to experience the actions, tactics, etc. of the pilots and the aircraft we would be working with later from the ground. The pilots were also involved in advanced training exercises. There was no habitation on Kahoolawe Island. It was strictly a Navy and Marine live-fire range. Still is, as far as I know.
During the time I was at the Puunene air base the Navy was experimenting with little un-manned, remote-controlled aircraft called "drones". They probably had an official name, but I'm not aware of what it was. The drones, operated from larger Navy planes, were very small. They looked like mini-airplanes. I remember them as having a wingspan of perhaps 8 to 10 feet from tip to tip, and, as I recall, painted red. I would guess that these remote-controlled experiments were some of the first conducted by the U.S. military in WWII. I only witnessed the little planes taking off and landing and sitting on the runways, so I'm not aware of their intended ultimate use: Remote bombers? Gun platforms? Observation planes? Target towers? The U.S. answer to the Jap kamikaze Ohka (Baka) bomb? Or something else? Being so close to the Kahoolawe live-bombing range would have provided an ideal spot for testing these new weapons. Rumers were that several crashed during experiments, but I suppose that was to be expected. After leaving Maui I never saw anything more of the little drones for the remainder of the war.
QUESTION (Finally!): Would anyone in this forum possibly have any information on the little drones -- or what might have become of them. Were there other remote-controlled aircraft in WWII? (Besides old bombers rigged up as remotes).
Any information would be appreciated. . - . - .
In memory of Lt. Donald J. Jones. Shot down and killed over Oranienburg, Germany.