B5N2 torpedo bomber flying above Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941 at 0920; Hickam Field in foreground below and burning American ships in background

Caption   B5N2 torpedo bomber flying above Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941 at 0920; Hickam Field in foreground below and burning American ships in background ww2dbase
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Identification Code   80-G-178985
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Added Date 14 Oct 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 May 2010 08:46:22 PM

Nakajima B5N2 (Kate) EII-307 from Carrier Zuikaku over Pearl Harbor. Masato Hatakenaka: Pilot Shuichi Ueno: Observer/Bombardier/Navigator Kingoro Orumi: Radio Operator/Gunner
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Dec 2011 05:15:41 PM

last minute order changes, of aircraft and crews B5N2, EII-307 was transferred from the Carrier Kaga to Zuikaku.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Jan 2012 04:55:51 PM

REPLICA B5N "KATE" FOR THE 1970 MOVIE: TORA, TORA, TORA The "Reel B5N Kate" for the movie was a mix of two WWII training planes. The North American SNJ/T-6 Texan and the Vultee BT-13 were used to construct the replicas. The rear monocoque and tail from the BT-13 was grafted to the rear fuselage of the T-6 and the fuselage was stretched to resemble the three-seat Japanese bomber. Modified canopy, wingtips, and new wingroot fairing from a profile this approximated the look of the "Real Kate". Aircraft was powered by 600hp P&W R-1340 air-cooled radial engine driving a three bladed propeller. A total of nine "Kates" were built for the movie. MONOCOQUE: Type of construction as a fuselage in which the outer aluminum skin carries all or a major part of the stresses
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Oct 2015 07:31:12 PM

JAPANESE BOMBS USED AT: PEARL HARBOR The Japanese used different types of bombs for the Pearl Harbor raid on 7,Dec. 1941. Here is a list of bombs used. Type 91 Model 2 Torpedo, weight 838 kg/1847lb First wave carried by Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers. Type 99 Model 5 Anti-ship bomb 800kg/1,763lbs First wave carried by Nakajima B5N (Kate) Type 98 land-bomb 250kg/551lbs carried by Aichi D3A (Val) Dive Bomber and Nakajima B5N (Kate) bombers in first and second wave attack. Type 97 land-bomb 250kg/551lbs carried by Aichi D3A(Val) Dive Bombers First wave Type 99 Model 1 Anti-ship bomb 250kg/551lbs carried by Aichi D3A (Val) Dive Bombers in the Second wave. A6M2, Model 21 Zero Fighter provided escort and strafed ground targets. SECRET WEAPON: SHALLOW-WATER TORPEDOES Before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, its intelligence of the area included the depth of the harbor was 40 feet/12.193m. Conventional torpedoes were test and modified with wooden fins to help stabilize the weapon once dropped from the B5N (Kate) Torpedo Bomber. Eighty-nine (89) Kate Bombers in the first wave and Forty (40) in the second wave carried the Type 91, Model Torpedo... The other Forty-nine (49) Kates carried multiple Type 91, Model 5 bombs that weighted 1,762lbs. Fifty-One (51) Aichi D3A (Val) Dive Bombers carried 1 x 250kg/551lb bombs...
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Oct 2015 07:50:59 PM

PEARL HARBOR 1st & 2nd WAVE ATTACKS: FIRST ATTACK WAVE: Eighty-nine Nakajima B5N Kate's armed with bombs and torpedoes. Fifty-One Aichi D3A Val Dive Bombers armed with bombs. Forty-three Mitsubishi A6M2, Model 21 Zero (Zeke) Fighters. SECOND ATTACK WAVE: Fifty-four Nakajima B5N Kate's armed with bombs. Fifty-one Aichi D3A Val Dive Bombers armed with bombs. Forty-three Mitsubishi A6M2, Model 21 Zero (Zeke) Fighters
6. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Oct 2015 07:58:18 PM

OOPS! MADE A MISTAKE In The Second Attack Wave Number Of Aircraft Should Be. SECOND ATTACK WAVE: Fifty-Four (54) Nakajima B5N Kate's armed w/bombs Seventy-Eight (78) Aichi D3A Val Dive Bombers armed w/bombs Thirty-Five Mitsubishi A6M2, Model 21 Zero (Zeke) Fighters. Think its time to call it a day glad I was able to clear up my mistake...GOING TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
7. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Oct 2015 08:05:05 PM

A total of One Hundred and Twenty-Nine (129) Aichi D3A Val Dive Bombers were used in the Pearl Harbor raid.... I thank the editor/ww2db for bearing all this with me tonight...

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