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Japanese B5N2 Aerial Torpedoes En Route to Oahu

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Six aircraft carriers ferried 423 Japanese planes to attack Pearl Harbor. Some of the planes were equipped with B5N2 torpedoes whose pilots flew in a shotai  (three-plane flight).

This image depicts the only-known closeup of B5N2s being flown to Oahu on the morning of December 7, 1941.

David Aiken—who wrote “Torpedoing Pearl Harbor,” published in the December 2001 issue of Military History magazine—tells us:

The plane at right shows the wooden fins added to the aerial torpedo.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image, described above, online via the U.S. National Archives.

 

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