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PostSubject: #44 - ALEUTIAN attack - June 3 and 4, 1942   Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:50 pm



DI-106 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Ryujo.
INFO CREDIT: book MODEL ART #272 - camoufrage and markings of the imperial Japanese navy fighters in WWII, page 112.


DI-108 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Ryujo, PO1c Tadayoshi Koga.


DI-108 Koga's A6M2 photo #1
DI-108 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Ryujo, PO1c Tadayoshi Koga.
This A6M2 crashed on Akutan island in the Aleutians on 4 June 1942, killing the pilot.
The Zero was discovered by a PBY patrol plane one month after the crash.


DI-301 was flown by a hikotaicho of carrier Ryujo. The crew was PO1c Hiroshi Nishimura (pilot),
Lt. Masayuki Yamagami (observer) and PO2c Shõji Endõ (radioman/gunner).
INFO CREDIT: book Shattered Sword - The untold story of the battle off Midway, by Parshall and Tully.


DI-301 and DI-308 Hasegawa's model kit
NAKAJIMA B5N1/2 TYPE 97 CARRIER ATTACK BOMBER (KATE) MODEL 1/3 "RYUJO ATTACKER"
Item number: 09844 - Scale: 1/48. Category: WWII Japanese Carrier Attacker. Estimated number of parts: 115.
Markings: 1) Model 3: Carrier Ryujo Lieutenant Masayuki Yamagami, DI-301 Philippine Dec., 1941,
2) Model 3: Carrier Ryujo Petty Officer 2nd Class Asao Kawahara DI-308 Aleutian June, 1942
and 3) Model 1: Carrier Ryujo DI-362 Aleutian June 1942.


DI-308 was flown by a shotaicho of carrier Ryujo. The crew was PO2c Asao Kawahara (pilot),
PO1c Shuichi Yamaguchi (observer) and PO3c Hisatoshi Ohata (radioman/gunner).
INFO CREDIT: book Shattered Sword - The untold story of the battle off Midway, by Parshall and Tully.


DI-310 was flown by a wingman of carrier Ryujo.
INFO CREDIT: a two-tone profile of the book Mechanism of IJN aircraft carriers, volume #2, by publisher Kojinsha.


Ryujo's B5N2 photo # 1


DI-324 was flown by a wingman. The B5N2 EI-324 of IJN Shokaku (5th Carrier Division) was transferred to IJN Ryujo
and become DI-324. It was made several months AFTER Pearl Harbor.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken


Ryujo's B5N2 photo # 2


DI-362 was flown by a wingman of carrier Ryujo.
DI-362 is a Type 1 high level/torpedo bomber from the Ryujo in June 1942.
Note that the last 2 digits appear under the left wing.
INFO CREDIT: Maru Battle Special


DI-362 photo
The Ryujo had a nine plane Buntai of B5N1s and a Buntai of B5N2s [they had different cruising speeds].
This B5N1 was involved in the attack on Dutch Harbor [part of the Battle of Midway]. Note the single yellow fuselage stripe
and the large training number "62" under the starboard wing [these numbers were under both wings].
INFO CREDIT: Maru Battle Special


DII-104 was flown by a wingman, IJN carrier Junyo.


DII-105 was flown by a wingman, IJN carrier Junyo.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: book KOKU-FAN # 42 - Japanese Imperial Army & Navy Aircraft Color, Marking, page 4.
Illustrations by Shigeru Nohara.


DII-114 was flown by a wingman, IJN carrier Junyo.
INFO CREDIT: book JAPANESE NAVAL ACES AND FIGHTER UNITS IN WORLD WAR II,
by Ikuhiko Hata and Yasuho Izawa, page 60.


DII-116 was flown by a wingman, IJN carrier Junyo.
INFO CREDIT: book Mechanism of IJN #29 Aircraft Carriers, pictorial book, Maru-Special, Japan.


Junyo's D3A1 photo # 1


DII-204 was flown by a shotaicho of IJN carrier Junyo. The crew were PO1c Yukio Oishi (pilot) and WO Hiroshi Yamamoto (gunner/radioman - shotaicho). This plane was shot down by American P-40 fighters over Dutch Harbor.
TAIL CODE INFO CREDIT: Hisao Saitoh


Junyo's D3A1 photo # 2


DII-224 was flown by a wingman, IJN carrier Junyo.
TAIL CODE INFO CREDIT: book Mechanism of IJN #29 Aircraft Carriers, pictorial book, Maru-Special, Japan.


Junyo's D3A1s photo #3
This photo shows Junyo's D3A1. The first plane belongs to a shotaicho.

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