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B5N torpedo bomber took off from Shokaku to attack Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941

Caption     B5N torpedo bomber took off from Shokaku to attack Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-182249
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Photos on Same Day 7 Dec 1941
Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 May 2010 07:41:13 PM

The morning of Dec. 7, 1941 the seas were
heavy, takeoff's were difficult from carriers
listing, as much as 15 degrees, but there was
no delay.
Photograph shows Nakajima B5N(Kate)launched
from carrier Shokaku target: Pearl Harbor!
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Dec 2011 05:36:10 PM

B5N2, EI-305 Launched into the wind from the
Shokaku. Aircraft were not catapulted off the deck.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Jan 2012 07:29:40 PM

Shokaku's air group was Fifteen A6M2-21 Zero/Zeke fighters Twentyseven D3A Val dive bombers and Twentyseven B5N Kate attack bombers.
First wave attack force Forty B5N2s armed w/torpedos and Fifty B5N2s armed w/armor piercing bombs.
The 800kg bomb was a 40cm armor piercing
projectile. It was armed with two tail fuses
and could penetrate 150mm of armor plate.
These weapons were only used at Pearl Harbor

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