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PostSubject: #42 - CEYLON raid - April 9, 1942   Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:52 pm



BII-306 was flown by a buntaicho. The crew was Lt. Rokurõ Kikuchi (pilot and buntaicho), WO Noriyoshi Yumoto (navigator/observer) and PO1c Hironori Narasaki (gunner/radioman).
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken


BII-320 was flown by a buntaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu during the first and second Ceylon raids, on 5th and 9th, April, 1942.
The second Japanese raid on Trincomalee 9 Apr 1942 occurred at 07h06 hours. The attacking force was formed by 132 aircraft (41 A6M2 + 91 B5N2). Japanese losses are 4 planes (3 A6M2 + 1 B5N2) to British fighter defense. This force was again commanded by Lt. Cdr Mitsuo Fuchida.
The losses by carrier were: IJN Hiryu (1 B5N2), IJN Shokaku (1 A6M2) and IJN Zuikaku (2 A6M2).
INFO CREDIT: Andrew Obluski via www.j-aircraft.com


BII-322 was flown by a shotaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu during the first and second Ceylon raids, on 5th and 9th, April, 1942.
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken


BII-330 was flown by a shotaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu during the first and second Ceylon raids, on 5th and 9th, April, 1942.
This plane was in the high-level attack carrying one 800kg bomb at Pearl Harbor and was a simple wingman... thus was NOT
a Shotaicho on Dec 7, 1941.
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken.


BII-101 was flown by a buntaicho.




BII-134 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 9, 1942
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken


BII-137 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 9, 1942
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken


BII-140 was flown by a buntaicho of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was lost on April, 9, 1942. The Serial number was given in the Hiryu report.  The plane was built AFTER 7 Dec 1941! Lt. Sumio Nono was killed by the gunners of a Blenheim bomber he attempted to intercept off Ceylon in 1942.
INFO CREDIT: Mr. David Aiken.


Lt. Sumio Nono photo #1
Lt Sumio Nono (Naval Academy 61) was one seasoned Pearl Harbor veteran and was KIA while on duty with during the first Air Fleet CAP over the carriers at 1025 hours. Nine British Blenheim bombers of 11st Squadron attacked Akagi. Four bombers were shot down by CAP.
INFO CREDIT: Andrew Obluski via www.j-aircraft.com
PHOTO CREDIT: book THE WAY IT WAS, by Donald M. Goldstein, Harry J Maihafer, Katherine V. Dillon and J. Michael Wenger.


BII-141 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 9, 1942
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken


BII-144 was flown by a wingman of IJN carrier Hiryu. This plane was damaged on April, 9, 1942
INFO CREDIT: via Mr. David Aiken


HMS Hermes photo #1
The second Japanese wave on 9 Apr 1942 occurred at 1035 hours. The attacking force was formed by 85 dive bombers D3A1 and 6 fighters A6M2.
The dive bomber units were under leadership of Lt. Cmdr Kakuichi Takahashi.
These planes attacked and sunk the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes. IJN Soryu lost 4 Aichi D3A1 and 1 A6M2.
INFO CREDIT: Andrew Obluski via www.j-aircraft.com


HMS Hermes photo #2


HMS Hermes photo # 3


HMS Vampire photo # 1
One picture of HMS Vampire under attack.
PHOTO CREDIT: Maru Magazine No. 186, November, 1962, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com


EII-330 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.


EII-330 photo #1
B5N2 "Kate" coded EII-330 of the Zuikaku carrier, Indian Ocean, April 9, 1942.
PHOTO AND INFO CREDIT: book Aichi D3A1, Nakajima B5N2, book 145, by Seweryn Fleischer and Zygmunt Szeremeta.


EII-333 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.


Zuikaku's "Kates" photo #1
Two Zuikaku's B5N2 departing from Trincomalee harbor having just bombarded the port on 9 April 1942.
INFO CREDIT: book SAMOURAI SUR PORTE-AVIONS, by Michel ledet.
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com


B5N2s in detail photo
PHOTO CREDIT: Magazine Ships of the World , No. 80, published in April, 1964, via Bill Somerville at www.j-aircraft.com

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