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#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 RfC6EoX
IJN Akagi photo #1
Operation "C" - Ceylon Raid gets underway, 26 March 1942: Akagi leaves Staring Bay, to be followed by
Soryu, Hiryu, the battleships Hiei, Kongo, Kirishima and Haruna, then carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku.
Note that Akagi and Hiryu have portside bridge structures.
PHOTO AND INFO CREDIT: CMJ collection  http://www.journal.dnd.ca/vo7/no4/stuart-eng.asp

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 NDDD8hS
BII-135 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 4, 1942, before the raid on 5th.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 McEWieJ
DI-116 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Ryujo, during Operation “C”.
The red tail called "hoantosho" (lit: safety paint) was adopted by the IJNAF from June 5, 1933 as a measure to make
the aircraft easily spotted when on water during emergency landings etc. It was officially abolished around March 1942.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: AirReview Magazine, October, 1965.
INFO CREDIT: http://arawasi-wildeagles.blogspot.com.br/2013/03/mitsubishi-a5m1-a5m2a-claude.html

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IJN Akagi photo #2
Akagi underway at sea in April 1942 as seen from her own taking off aircraft.
Another A6M2 type fighter and attack D3A1 type plane are visible on the deck.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 4Gqjo1m
AI-102 was flown by a buntaicho, Lt. Saburo Shindo - fifth CAP - Combat Air Patrol of the day.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 B6dV5E8
AI-111 was flown by a wingman - fifth CAP - Combat Air Patrol of the day.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 1pfhCoC
AI-150 was flown by a wingman - fifth CAP - Combat Air Patrol of the day.

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AI-150, -102 and - 111 photo #1
AI-150, AI-102 and AI-111 - fifth CAP - Combat Air Patrol of the day.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 H3e60HB
AI-150, -102 and - 111 photo #2

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 8h9ac0s
AI-201 was flown by a buntaicho. The crew were Lt. Zenji Abe (pilot) and PO Chiaki Saito (radioman/gunner).
Note the three red hikotaicho horizontal stripes. As Akagi's dive-bombing unit commander, Lt. Takehiko Chihaya had been
earlier taken ill with a stomach ailment, Lt. Zenji Abe took off in this hikotaicho's plane, leading Akagi's 17 dive bombers.
INFO CREDIT: book The Emperor's Sea Eagle, by Michael Wenger (editor) and Naomi Shin (translator)

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AI-203 was flown by a wingman.

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AI-203 photo #1

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 ImoUV4m
AI-205 was flown by a wingman.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 Psc1o6a
AI-205 photo #1

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 MjdjVrk
AI-206 was flown by a wingman.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 F36yJmo
AI-207 was flown by a shotaicho.
The crew were PO1c Yoshiharu Tanaka (pilot) and Lt JG Keizo Obuchi (radioman/gunner).
Note the black shotaicho horizontal stripe.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 VgWjmV3
AI-207 photo #1
Video capture from DVD “Dias que abalaram o mundo - Ataque a Pearl Harbor”, by BBC.

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AI-207 photo #2

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AI-207 photo #3
Video capture from DVD “Dias que abalaram o mundo - Ataque a Pearl Harbor”, by BBC.

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AI-207 photo #4
Video capture from DVD “Dias que abalaram o mundo - Ataque a Pearl Harbor”, by BBC.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 MacIoG6
AI-207 photo #5
Video capture from DVD “Dias que abalaram o mundo - Ataque a Pearl Harbor”, by BBC.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 IQBmXuV
AI-301 was flown by a Hikotaicho.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 QuIT3WK
AI-301 photo #1
In GOD'S SAMURAI by Gordon Prange, a biography of Fuchida, that author calls attention to a March 1942 crash in Borneo of a KATE in which Fuchida was riding. It suggests that the plane was AI-301 with three yellow command stripes. Further research has revealed that the crashed plane in Borneo should be AI-311 flown by Shigeharu Murata, the other B5N hikotaicho from Akagi...which also had three yellow command stripes. This is perhaps why AI-301, used at Pearl Harbor, was landing on Akagi in April 1942. Fuchida was to lead the strikes in the Battle of Midway, but -enroute to Midway- Fuchida's vermiform appendix became inflamed causing him to pass the leadership to the next in command...Tomonaga on Hiryu [flying BI-310]... AI-301 was at Midway and aboard Akagi...which was sunk.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken via http://www.pearlharborattacked.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 ImdAc6I
AI-301 photo #2
AI-301 - Note the green paint has flaked in this April 1942 photo. The camouflage is: gray-green (Hairyokushoku "M1" color) under surface, dark green upper surface, vertical red tail and horizontal stabilizers, with yellow codes and hikotaicho markings. This film of AI-301 landing on Akagi in April 1942 was found at the National Archives by Koku-Fan, a Japanese magazine. On viewing stills printed in the magazine, Japanese researcher M. Asano determined that AI-301 had a "pre-war" red tail which had received the yellow command markings. Another researcher, H. Yoshimura, published this in Japan in Jan 1990 in Replica magazine in the article, "Shinjuwan no 101 Ki".
INFO CREDIT: Masaru Asano, David Aiken, et al.

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AI-301 photo #3
AI-301 was the machine of Lt. Cmdr. Mitsuo Fuchida, the Hikotaicho or Group Leader of the Akagi Air Group and flew as the observer in this machine. The photo was taken during a foray into the Indian Ocean. This film of AI-301 landing in April 1942 reveals that salt water does prevent good adhesion of paint as the aircraft's surfaces are peeling paint. Note the style of red tail is left over from China [there were about three styles of horizontal to vertical tail 'scallop curves on Kates...one is unique to the prototype]. Given the errors in Fuchida's memory, I side with the movie film and the layers of paint FLAKING to NMF shining brightly on the uppersurface/fuselage side...while the undersurface is darker, like the darker appearance in the photo of BI-323, which reveals BI-323 is covered OVERALL with the first layer of 'undersurface' paint before application of the upper surface dark green.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken via http://www.pearlharborattacked.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 Us8j1Yj
Lt Cmdr Mitsuo Fuchida photo #1
Fuchida was the overall leader of two Ceylon raids.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 OMj7ouW
AI-308 was flown by a Shotaicho.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 I1IwNLX
AI-308 photo #1

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 DZw1lKF
AI-308 photo #2

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 XAmt56c
AI-316 was flown by a shotaicho.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 JbgLDLO
AI-316 photo #1
AI-316 camo colors: Gray-green overall undersurface, dark-green upper surface, gray-black nose, red hinomarus,
red tail code and Shotaicho stripe.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 HaEX9OB
AI-316 photo #2
This photo shows AI-316 on takeoff in early April 1942. Massive amounts of paint was stripping off the plane due to the poor pre-war application of the paint.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 OV3gogI
AI-316 photo #3
AI-316, April 1942, does show a thinner application of dark green on the outer wing section, perhaps done when the plane was
painted with its outer wing folded. Massive amounts of paint was stripping off the plane due to the poor pre-war application of the paint.
This gives an incorrect impression of the large blotch scheme seen in 1940 photos.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 GhCAOyb
AI-316 photo #4

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 Gij9D9X
AI-316 photo #5

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 PFFuDZD
AI-316 photo #6

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 TwZv6ov
BI-151 was flown by a buntaicho, Lt. JG Iyozo Fujita.
Note the MEDIUM blue fuselage and command stripes on this NEW Soryu Zero received at Kendari Field, Celebes 21-25 Feb, 1942.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken.

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#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 IJU47Zw
BI-154 was flown by a wingman.
New Soryu Zeros have medium blue stripes.  
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 4yluSZY
BI-158 was flown by a shotaicho.

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#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 NplPj2z
BI-185 was flown by a wingman.

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#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 ZhUb9ny
BII-301 was flown by a shotaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu during the first Ceylon raid, on 5th, April, 1942.
The first Japanese raid on Colombo 5 Apr 1942 occurred at 0800 hours. The attacking force was formed by 127 aircraft
(36 A6M2 + 38 D3A1 + 53 B5N2). Japanese losses were 7 planes (1 A6M2 + 6 D3A1) to Anti Aircraft fire and British fighter defense. This force was commanded by Lt. Cdr Mitsuo Fuchida.
The losses by carrier were: IJN Soryu (1 A6M2), IJN Shokaku (1 D3A1) and IJN Zuikaku (5 D3A1).
INFO CREDIT: Andrew Obluski via j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 PwZ5xkF
BII-310 was flown by a shotaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu during the first Ceylon raid, on 5th, April, 1942.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 HRyCyNQ
Hiryu's shotaicho and buntaicho B5N2s.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 TTCSw9x
BII-328 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu during the first Ceylon raid, on 5th, April, 1942.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 MTVrnyJ
BII-133 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 5, 1942

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 DPdZhCe
BII-138 was flown by a shotaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 5, 1942

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 1I6Kh2r
EI-238 was flown by Shokaku's hikotaicho, Lt. Cmdr  Kakuichi Takahashi, overall commander of all D3A1 units.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 YIEqJxW
Hasegawa's box art of EI-238 for Ceylon raid.
It's wrong because Shokaku's and Zuikaku's D3A1s had dark green upper surface camo at this time.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 UF22ATT
Zuikaku's D3A1 taking off on April 5, 1942.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 15OVeZI
EII-203 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 NI2221z
Wreck of one of five Zuikaku's D3A1s shot down over Ratmalana airfield during the raid on Colombo, Ceylon, April 5, 1942.
Take a look on dark green camo and white outlined hinomaru.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 ZkzUUlk
BI-231 was flown by a hikotaicho Lt. Cmdr Takashige Egusa.
The second Japanese wave on 5 Apr 1942 occurred at 1338 hours. The attacking force was formed by 53 D3A1 dive bomber under
leadership of Lt. Cmdr Takashige Egusa. These planes attacked and sunk two British ships: the HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall. None Aichi D3A1 Val was lost.
INFO CREDIT: Andrew Obluski via j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 XwIcfSY
Hasegawa's box art of BI-231. This is "Tora Moyo" cited by Kunio Kosemoto, a Soryu pilot, in his autobiography Kanbaku Ichidai (Tokyo: Konnichi no Wadai-sha) as used both pre-war and in the French Indochina combat.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 TuAWztX
BI-231 cockpit detail.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 T6vRCwX
Lt Cmdr Takashige Egusa photo #1
Egusa was the overall leader of dive bomber force that attacked British ships.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 6Kk2x5q
BI-239 was flown by a wingman.

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 EyJKKSM
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire photo #1
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 J9j2OuQ
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire photo #2
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 Gdta0JY
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire photo #3
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 LDeJXpS
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire photo #4
HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall under heavy air attack by Japanese carrier aircraft on April 5, 1942. Photographed from a Japanese aircraft.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 4foZoTj
HMS Dorsetshite and HMS Cornwall photo #5
HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 UMhqz4N
HMS Cornwall photo #1
HMS Cornwall under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 7MllGv3
HMS Cornwall photo #2
HMS Cornwall under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 1bq8dOR
HMS Cornwall photo #3
HMS Cornwall under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 HzSpDr5
HMS Cornwall photo #4

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 AfX2Ulj
HMS Dorsetshire photo #1
HMS Dorsetshire under attack by Japanese D3A1 "Val" dive-bombers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 XPP9Dro
HMS Dorsetshire photo #2

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 WuvzVv9
HMS Dorsetshire photo #3

#41 - CEYLON raid - April 5, 1942 HZrlbMv
BI-263 was flown by a wingman.

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