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B5N2 Bomber Over Hickam Field

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nakajima B5N2 Type 99 attack bomber, tail code EII-307, part of IHN Zuikaku‘s second wave attack unit, over Hickam Field during the second wave of attacks at around 0910 Hours. USS Arizona (BB-39) burns in the background. Most sources disagree on the crew‘s names; the crew was probably Flyer First Class Masato Hatanaka (pilot), Petty Officer Second Class Hideichi Kamino (observer/bombardier/navigator), and Flyer First Class Kingoro Oizumi (radioman/gunner). This B5N2 was part of a three-plane formation led by Lieutenant Commander Shigekazu Shimazaki (September 9, 1909 – January 9, 1945) who commanded the fifty-four B5N2 attack bombers and 81 Aichi D3A Type 97 dive bombers of the second wave. The photo was taken by Warrant Officer Haruari Yaegashi, Shimazaki‘s other wingman. EII-307 was a last-minute transfer from Kaga; her tail was left brown, and her new tail number was simply painted over. Shimazaki‘s B5N2s had either two 250-kilogram (550-pound) general purpose bombs or one 250-kilogram bomb and six 60-kilogram (132-pound) general purpose bombs. Hickam Field was extensively damaged in the attack; 139 were killed and 303 wounded. This image was heavily airbrushed by the Japanese government to remove identification markings from EII-307; also the background clouds were altered. This image was released worldwide with a caption praising the Japanese “Sea Eagles.“
Image Filename wwii1422.jpg
Image Size 3.55 MB
Image Dimensions 3000 x 2146
Photographer Yaegashi, Harunari
Photographer Title Warrant Officer, Imperial Japanese Navy
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed December 07, 1941
Location Hickam Field
City Pearl Harbor
State or Province Hawaii
Country United States of America
Record Number
Status Caption ©2010, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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