modelcrazy
Tojo72
Just wondering,those are the numbers for each strike,but did the Japanese have the entire strike force on the deck at one time ? Would all 36 planes be on deck at the same time ?
No, just the Akagi and the waves were split.
Each carier had it's own strike numbers and mixes. The first wave was loaded in the hanger and brought up to the deck and waited for the go signal from the scout planes. The second wave was loaded and brought up after the first wave was away.
The Kido Butai launched 40 Kates, 48 Vals and 41 Zeros for the first wave.
And just to break that down a bit more for both waves, and correct the first wave numbers. The number of bombers used as torpedo planes was limited by the number of modified torpedoes available- 40. Those were split up amongst the 1st and 2nd Carrier Divisions, who had the most experienced air groups.
1st wave:
Akagi:15 B5N horizontal bombers, 800kg bombs, 12 B5N torpedo bombers, 9 A6M fighters
Kaga: 15 B5N horizontal bombers, 800 kg bombs, minus one abort, 12 B5N torpedo bombers, 9 A6M fighters
Soryu: 10 B5N horizontal bombers, 800 kg bombs, 8 B5N torpedo bombers, 9 A6M fighters
Hiryu: 10 B5N horizontal bombers, 800 kg bombs, 8 B5N torpedo bombers, 6 A6M fighters
Shokaku: 27 D3A dive bombers, minus two abort, 6 A6M fighters, minus one abort
Zuikaku: 27 D3A dive bombers, minus 2 aborts, 6 A6M fighters
2nd Wave:
Akagi: 18 D3A dive bombers, 9 A6M fighters
Kaga: 27 D3A dive bombers, 9 A6M fighters
Soryu: 18 D3A dive bombers, 1 abort, 9 A6M fighters
Hiryu: 18 D3A dive bombers, 1 abort, 9 A6M fighters, 1 abort
Shokaku: 27 B5N horizontal bombers, 250 kg or multiple 60kg bombs
Zuikaku: 27 B5N horizontal bombers, 250 kg or multiple 60 kg bombs
39 A6M were assigned to CAP duties over the strike force ships
This is from the book Attack On Pearl Harbor by Bert Kinzey of Detail and Scale fame.
Compare these numbers to those launched at Midway on the first strike: 36 B5N level bombers, 18 each from Hiryu and Soryu; 36 D3A dive bombers, 18 each from Akagi and Kaga; 36 A6M fighters, 9 from each carrier. 108 In total launched, with one Hiryu B5N abort.