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Aircraft carrier Zuikaku

Zuikaku

The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku is shown just prior to leaving for the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Note the blast protection hanging on the carrier's island. It is unknown if this was intended to protect the island from enemy attack or for protection from accidents involving Japanese aircraft. In the period of intensive training prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, several aircraft suffered accidents, even collusions with the island. Photo source: Werneth, Ron, Beyond Pearl Harbor: The Untold Stories of Japan's Naval Airmen, Schiffer Military History, Atglen, PA, 2008, p. 66. Book states that the photo is from Maru magazine. Date: November 1941. Down arrow


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Aircraft carrier Zuikaku


Zuikaku

Photo shows a B5N2 Kate taking off from the Zuikaku for the attack on Pearl Harbor, at about 7:20 AM, Dec 7, 1941. The Kate was the Japanese Navy's primary torpedo plane, but for this attack the Kates were loaded with bombs. Twenty-seven Kates took off in the second wave to attack Hickam Field.




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