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Organization of the Japanese Air Attack Units
December 7 1941

Last Revised 11/2003

 

Raid 1

50 800kg AP Bombs (on 50 Kateís)
40 Torpedoes (on 40 Kateís)
54 250kb GP bombs (on 54 Valís)
45 Fighters (Zeroís)
189 Total aircraft
 

 

Raid 2

54 250kb GP bombs and 324 60kg GP bombs (on 54 Kateís)
72 250kg GP bombs (on 72 Valís)
36 Fighters (Zeroís)
163 Total Aircraft

Raid 1, 0755

1st Attack Units††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Commander Fuchida
 
1st Group†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Commander Fuchida
 
1st Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Commander Fuchida
15 Kates each fitted with a 800-kg Armor Piercing Bomb for
level (high altitude) bombing.
2nd Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Hashiguchi
15 Kates-Same bombs as 1st Attack Unit.
3rd Attack Unit†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††CO Lt Abe
10 Kates-Same bombs as 1st Attack Unit.
4th Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Kusmi
10 Kates-Same bombs as 1st Attack Unit.
 
Primary Target Battleships
 
1st Torpedo Attack Unit†††††††††††† ††††††CO Lt Cmdr Murata
12 Kates each fitted with an Aerial Torpedo, Mark 91.
2nd Torpedo Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Kitajima
12 Kates-Same torpedoes as 1st Torpedo Attack Unit.
3rd Torpedo Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Nagai
8 Kates-Same torpedoes as 1st Torpedo Attack Unit.
4th Torpedo Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Matsumura
8 Kates-Same torpedoes as 1st Torpedo Attack Unit.
 
Primary Target Battleships, Aircraft Carriers
 
 
 
2nd Group††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††CO Lt Cmdr Takahashi
 
15th Attack Unit††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Takahashi
27 Vals each fitted with a 250-kg Anti-ground (general purpose)
bomb for dive bombing.
16th Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††† †††CO Lt Sakamoto
27 Vals-Same bomb as 15th Attack Unit.
 
Primary Target Ford Island, Wheeler Field
 
 
 
3rd Group†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Itaya
 
1st Fighter Combat Unit††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Itayao
9 Zekes for air control and strafing
2nd Fighter Combat Unit††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Shiga
9 Zekes-Same Mission
3rd Fighter Combat Unit††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Suganami
9 Zekes-Same Mission
4th Fighter Combat Unit††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Okajima
6 Zekes-Same Mission
5th Fighter Combat Unit††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Sato
6 Zekes-Same Mission
6th Fighter Combat Unit††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Kaneko
6 Zekes-Same Mission
 
Primary Target 1. Airborne Aircraft
2. Strafing of Aircraft on Ground
Ford Island, Hickham Field, Wheeler Field, Barberís Point, Kaneohe
 
50 800kg AP Bombs (on 50 Kateís)
40 Torpedoes (on 40 Kateís)
54 250kb GP bombs (on 54 Valís)
45 Fighters (Zeroís)
189 Total aircraft
 

Raid 2, 0854

2nd Attack Units
 
1st Group†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Shimazaki
 
6th Attack Unit††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Shimazaki
27 Kates each fitted with a 250-kg Anti-ground (general purpose
bomb and six 60-kg Ordinary bombs for level (high altitude)
bombing.
5th Attack Unit††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Ichihara
27 Kates-Same bombs as 6th Attack Unit
 
Primary Target Ford Island, Hickham Field, Barberís Point, Kaneohe
 
 
2nd Group††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Egusa
 
13th Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Cmdr Egusa
18 Vals each fitted with a 250-kg Ordinary bomb for dive bombing.
14th Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Kobayashi
18 Vals-Same bombs as 13th Attack Unit
11th Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Chihaya
18 Vals-Same bombs as 13th Attack Unit
12th Attack Unit†††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Makino
18 Vals-Same bombs as 13th Attack Unit
 
Primary Target Aircraft Carriers, Cruisers
 
3rd Group††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CO Lt Shindo
 
1st Fighter Combat Unit†††††††††††††††† CO Lt Shindo
9 Zekes for air control and strafing
2nd Fighter Combat Unit†††††††††††††††† CO Lt Nikaido
9 Zekes-Same Mission
3rd Fighter Combat Unit†††††††††††††††† CO Lt Iida
9 Zekes-Same Mission
4th Fighter Combat Unit†††††††††††††††† CO Lt Kumano
9 Zekes-Same Mission
 
Primary Target 1. Airborne Aircraft
2. Strafing of Aircraft on Ground
Ford Island, Hickham Field, Wheeler Field, Barberís Point, Kaneohe
 
54 250kb GP bombs and 324 60kg GP bombs (on 54 Kateís)
72 250kg GP bombs (on 72 Valís)
36 Fighters (Zeroís)
163 Total Aircraft
 
54 Zekes(Total) were retained aboard the Japanese Aircraft Carriers for Fleet Defense (9 from each carrier)
 
Total Aircraft
135 Fighters (Zeros)
126 (Vals)
144 (Kates)
402 Total Aircraft

 

 


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