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#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers MtEHzSf
Carrier Row under attack photo #1
Six Soryu Kates attacked the carrier row, but the aircraft carriers were at sea, under mission. The only ships here
are USS Utah, Tangier, Raleigh and Detroit. One torpedo hits Raleigh and two torpedoes hit Utah.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers F3KJssP
Juzo Mori photo #1
In his autobiography, the late Juzo Mori said he flew KATE number "12". Many thought he referred to the KATE
flown at Pearl Harbor (thus BI-312), however BI-312 was carrying an 800kg bomb and Mori detailed his torpedo
attack in his book. We suspect the "12" was in China (thus 3-312). There were eight civilian light aircraft airborne
during the attack. One Aeronca "Tandum" of Gambo Flying Service, flown by Roy Vitousek, a renter, flew "into" a
Japanese KATE formation. This action is confirmed by (now late) Juzo Mori, Soryu torpedo KATE pilot, who told his
gunner to scare the plane away.
INFO CREDIT: http://www.pearlharborattacked.com and David Aiken.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers Aak4Eak
BII-302 was flown by a wingman, PO3c Yasumi Oku. Its torpedo hits USS West Virginia.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers 46Af4bH
Utah final torpedo's hit photo #1

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers GPbTGTF
BII-306 was flown by a shotaicho, PO3c Takuro Yanagimoto (pilot), WO Noriyoshi Yumoto (navigator/observer - shotaicho)
and PO1c Hironori Narasaki (gunner/radioman).

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers GCRzzSA
BII-315 Hasegawa's boxart
BII-315 was not assigned number of Hiryu carrier bomber/torpedo unit and did NOT fly above Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 1941.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers CgFE4nL
BII-315 Hasegawa's boxart of model kit scale 1/72 – kit number 00137.
This box has three tail codes for Nakajima B5N2 Kate: tail code BII-315 from carrier Hiryu, Pearl Harbour,
7 December 1941 + tail code 3-317 of 12th Kokutai, China, 1940-41 and tail code AI-301 of carrier Akagi,
flown by Cmdr. Mitsuo Fuchida, Indian Ocean, April 1942. BII-315 was not assigned number of Hiryu carrier
bomber/torpedo unit and did NOT fly above Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 1941.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers Ju4dm8B
Hasegawa's B5N2 tail code BII-315 model kit.
PHOTO CREDIT: Hasegawa's site.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers YCXFsRT
BII-320 was flown by a buntaicho of carrier Hiryu. The crew were Lt. Hirata Matsumura (pilot), PO1c Takeo Shiro (navigator/observer) and PO1c Sadamu Murai (gunner/radioman). Its torpedo hits USS West Virginia.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers GpDDsCZ
Lt. Matsumura photo #1.
Lieutenant Hirata Matsumura, leading the flights from Hiryu and Soryu, did not want to waste his torpedo on anything but
a carrier or a battleship. Article "Torpedoing Pearl Harbor" - by David Aiken - Military History magazine - December 2001.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers WvR1OWp
Battleship Row photo under attack #3
"Matsumura's navigator, Petty Officer 1st Class Takeo Shiro, photographed Petty Officer 3rd Class Yasumi Oku's
torpedo hit on West Virginia (listing third from left). The frothing white water at right center is from a torpedo stuck in
the harbor bottom." - article Torpedoing Pearl Harbor - by David Aiken - Military History magazine - December 2001.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers 7QFSUly
BII-321 was flown by a shotaicho , PO1c Toshio Takahashi. Its torpedo was launched incorrectly and it dived to the harbor's bottom.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers RL1WVB1
BII-322 was flown by a wingman, F1c Sunao Urata.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers QE2MsGm
Torpedo attack results:
USS Oklahoma (9 hits), USS California (3 hits), USS West Virginia (9 hits), USS Utah (2 hits), USS Raleigh (1 hit),
USS Helena (1 hit) and USS Nevada (1 hit).

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers Mi7GMYO
BII-325 was flown by a wingman. Its torpedo hits USS Oklahoma. The crew were PO1c Hachiro Sugimoto (pilot),
PO2c Taisuke Maruyama (observer) and (?) (radioman/gunner). You can read some info about Maruyama at:
http://starbulletin.com/2001/12/09/news/story3.html

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers HOvwoh5
Taisuke Maruyama photo #1
PO2c Taisuke Maruyama (observer). Photo credit and more info about Maruyama go to: http://www.aviationartstore.com/pilot_maruyama.htm

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers AYhYnV4
BII-326 was flown by a wingman, PO2c Toshio Kasajima (pilot). The AA fire was severe and 29 holes was find
in this Kate after its return to the Hiryu carrier. Because this, its torpedo didn't hit any vessel.

#18 - PEARL HARBOR raid - Soryu's and Hiryu's torpedo bombers YndyMZ9
BII-327 was flown by a junior buntaicho of carrier Hiryu. The crew were LT JG Hiroharu Kadono (pilot),
CPO Masaji Inada (navigator/observer) and ? (gunner/radioman). Its torpedo hits USS Oklahoma.

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