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HA2011 B5N2 Kate Lt. Cdr. Shigekazu Shimazaki, carrier Zuikaku, Pearl Harbor,
December 7th 1941

The Nakajima B5N1 first flew in January 1937. It was quite unique for a carrier-aircraft with its low mono wing that folded for storage and wide-track inward folding retractable landing gear. The new Kates were far superior to its competition, the TBD Devastator and the Fairey Swordfish however it did have its shortcomings. It was very poorly armed for self defense and required A5M escort protection. Also the crew and fuel tanks had no protection. The B5N1 was replaced by the improved B5N2. Shigekazu Shimazaki was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy who led the second wave of aircraft that attacked Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Shimazaki’s Nakajima B5N2 Kate led fifty four bombers and seventy eight dive-bombers. Along with Mitsuo Fuchida, leader of the first wave, Shimazaki were granted an audience with the Emperor Hirohito. Shimazaki also took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea where they sank USS Lexington. He was promoted to Commander in 1944 and when he died in January 1945 was posthumously made a Rear Admiral.

Specifications Nakajima B5N2
Type 97, model 3
Allied Reporting Name - Kate
Crew - 3 X (pilot, commander, rear-gunner/radio operator)
Length - 33 ft 9.5 in (10.30 m) Wingspan - 50 ft 11 in (15.52 m) Height - 12 ft 1.6 in (3.70 m)
Empty weight - 5,024 lb (2,279 kg) Loaded weight - 8,380 lb (3,800 kg) Max takeoff weight - 9,040 lb (4,100 kg)
Engine - 1 X Nakajima Sakae 11 radial engine, 750 kW (1,000 hp) Maximum speed - 235 mph (378 km/h, 204 kn) Range - 1,237 mi (1,992 km, 1,075 NM) Service ceiling - 27,100 ft (8,260 m) Rate of climb - 1,283 ft/min (6.5 m/s) Armament
1 X 7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun 'Ru' (Lewis) rear dorsal, hand-loaded drum magazines - 97 rounds.
1 X 1,760 lb (800 kg) type 91 torpedo or 1 X 1,760lb (800kg) bomb or 3 X 550 lb (250 kg) bombs or 6 X 293 lb (132 kg) bombs