During the course of the Second World War, this Japanese dive bomber sank more Allied warships than any other Axis aircraft. Two Japanese dive bombers streaked over the field from the direction of Pearl Harbor at 0835, dropping light fragmentation bombs and strafing the Marine gun positions. His fuselage was painted "bitter orange" and nicknamed "Dora Neko". (2005a). Genda’s plan involved a triple blow: high-altitude level bombers, dive bombers, and torpedo planes. Thus the repainting which began in late March 1942 at The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway (New ed.). Lundstrom, John B. It is estimated that nine planes engaged in the attack on the naval air station on Ford Island. The Aichi D3A was the first Japanese aircraft to bomb American targets in World War II, commencing with Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines, such as Clark Air Force Base. Although the SBD Dauntless was no dogfighter, it did have some teeth. It was the primary dive bomber in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and participated in almost all actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. The surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor undoubtedly changed the course of World War 2 - and the entire world thereafter. The limited use of these special re-forming marks to Pearl Harbor was due to the unique problems of the many HARBOR targets and the resultant scattered aircraft after bombing. The aircraft also has its lethal bomb slung beneath the fuselage. USS curtiss photo # 1 Akagi's Val crash on USS Curtiss Photo # NH-96660 - USS Curtiss (AV-4) afire after she was hit by a crashing Japanese dive bomber. Francillon, René J. Japanese Bombers of World War Two, Volume One. Of the three types of Japanese aircraft that descended on Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the Nakajima B5N bomber was by far the most destructive, becoming one of the most feared and deadly weapons of World War II. right: American P-40 fighter pilots. The Aichi D3A, (Allied reporting name "Val")2 was a World War II carrier-borne dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). At this time-namely 7:55 a.m.-Japanese dive bombers appeared over Ford Island, and within the next few seconds enemy torpedo planes and dive bombers swung in from various sectors to concentrate their attack on the heavy ships moored in Pearl Harbor. There are a total of [ 23 ] Pearl Harbor Aircraft (December 7th, 1941) entries in the Military Factory. At 7:48 a.m. on December 7, 1941, 183 Japanese fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers descended on the US Navy's Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This Japanese Aichi D3A Val dive bomber photographed en route to Pearl Harbor is distinguishable by its fixed landing gear and aiming device that protrudes from the cockpit. ISBN 1-59114-471-X. Lt Commander Takahashi led first wave dive bombers. AI-218 was flown by a wingman at Pearl Harbor. They had changed aircraft from their training D3A AI-208. 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