Wing of Japanese Type 97 torpedo bomber of Kaga that crashed at Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States during the 7 Dec 1941 raid; note rising sun insignia taken by souvenir hunters

Caption     Wing of Japanese Type 97 torpedo bomber of Kaga that crashed at Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States during the 7 Dec 1941 raid; note rising sun insignia taken by souvenir hunters ww2dbase
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Identification Code   NH 50940
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 May 2010 09:01:43 PM

Nakajima B5N2 (Kate) shot down during the
attack on Pearl Harbor. The aircraft struck
cornor of Laboratory building, and pancaked
across the Hospital's tennis court.
Kate's pilot Airman 1st Class Shuzo Kitahara
and crew, did not survive, all three men
were dismembered.

"War is a dirty rotten business"

Damage to wing marking (Rising Sun) insignia
was cut up by souvenir hunters.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Jul 2011 08:58:45 AM

Some Kates had individual aircraft numbers on the undersurface of the wings painted in black.


Large painted numbers could have been used during pre-war training, as an aid for each squadron and ground staff to grade and identify each pilots level bombing and torpedo tactics.
The number corresponded with the last two digits of the tail number A-II-35? what was the last number, so we can pick a number from 0 to 9 except 6 which has been verified for another Kate. Souvenir hunters cut up much of the aircraft, with the loss of data plates and other information.
All Kate losses at Pearl Harbor were from the Kaga's Torpedo Group.

Its possible and only speculation here that only the Kates were given the mission of torpedo attack, and were given such numbers. The shallow depth of Pearl Harbor showed the need for new torpedo tactics. The other Kates were used as horizontal bombers against
the US Fleet.

These numbers would have been removed after the Pearl Harbor Raid However, some Kates continued to carry such numbers into 1942 for the Battle of Midway and Dutch Harbor Attacks.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
8 Jan 2012 12:43:12 PM


The wing of Nakajima B5N2, Navy Type 97 Attack Bomber, Model 12, "Kate" is now on
display at the USS Arizona Memorial.
AII-35? was one of five lost from the Carrier Kaga's Torpedo group, during the Pearl Harbor raid 12/7/41.

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