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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

(e) Action of AA Units

Akagi

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0417 Cloudy. Cloud accumulation 8; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 40 km. Twin Engine (B-18)
Torpedo planes.
4 These also participated. 3
  1. 1 torpedo passes on starboard and 2 on port, paralleling the Akagi. 1 of the 2 to port automatically exploded.
  2. AA units coordinated their action with that of fighter planes.

Kaga

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0730 Clear. Cloud accumulation 1 to 2; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 60 km. Single Engine dive-bombers. 18   9
  1. Shot down by coordinated action with fighters and AA fire of other ships.
  2. Although it is recorded that 7 out of 9 twin engine planes and all 30 torpedo planes were shot down, these are not noted here since they are unconfirmed.

Hiryu

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0414 Cloudy. Cloud accumulation 8; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 40 km. Twin Engine (B-18)
Torpedo planes.
3   1 First engagement.
0508 ...do... Single Engine dive-bombers. 9   3  
0512 ...do... ...do... 6 2 2  
0709 Clear. Cloud accumulation 1 to 2; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 60 km. Single engine torpedo planes. 16   4 Second engagement.
Single engine torpedo planes (those which attacked the Soryu). 12 to 14 1    
0715 ...do... Single engine dive bombers. About 10 2    
0720 ...do... Single engine torpedo planes. 12 and 4   2  
0730 ...do... ...do... 5 1 jointly   Third engagement.
1403 ...do... Single engine dive bombers. 13 2 jointly   Fourth engagement.
  Total   90 5 plus 3 jointly 12 All figures include those shot down together with fighter planes.

Soryu

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0455 Cloudy. Cloud accumulation 8; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 40 km. 4 engine (B-17) level bombers (attack Hiryu). 2 to 3 1 (in cooperation with fighters). These also participated. Result obtained with cooperation of fighter planes and AA fire from other ships.
0505 ...do... Single engine dive bombers (attack Hiryu). About 10 4 (in cooperation with fighters). ...do... ...Do...
0630 Clear. Cloud accumulation 1 to 2; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 60 km. Single engine torpedo planes. 17 About 10 (in cooperation with fighters). ...do... ...Do...
0710 ...do... ...do... About 30 8 (in cooperation with fighters). ...do... ...Do...
0725 ...do... Single engine dive bombers. 12   1 (certain).
  1. Definitely shot down by AA fire.
  2. These are those which attacked the Soryu.

Haruna

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0715 Clear. Cloud accumulation 3 to 4; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 40 to 60 km. Single engine torpedo planes and dive bombers. 14 1    

Chikuma

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0509 Clear. Cloud accumulation 3 to 4; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 40 to 60 km. 4-engine (B-17) bombers. Unknown.   1  
0717 ...do... Single engine dive bombers. ...do... 4    
0719 ...do...   ...do... 1 (by main guns).    

DesDiv 17, Tanikaze

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0630   4-engine (B-17) bombers. About 10. 5 by joint action.   It is believed that the twin-engine torpedo planes are in error for single-engine torpedo planes.
Twin-engine (B-18) torpedo planes. About 40.
Flying Boats. Several.
Single-engine dive-bombers. About 20.

DesDiv 17, Urakaze

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0538   Single-engine torpedo planes. About 30. 1 by joint action.    
0725 ...do... About 10.
1525 4-engine (B-17) bombers. 6

DesDiv 17, Hamakaze

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0421   Twin-engine (B-26) torpedo planes. 13   2 Distance, 200 m.; altitude 50 m.
0645   Single-engine torpedo planes. 17 2 by main guns.  

DesDiv 17, Isokaze

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0631   Single-engine Dive-bombers. 3   2  
4-engine (B-17); flying boats;single engine torpedo planes. Several dozens.    

DesDiv 17, Tanikaze

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
6 June 1508 Unknown but ceiling more than 8,000 m. Single-engine dive bombers 20   1  
1534 ...do... ...do... 6   2
1545 ...do... ...do... 11   1

DesDiv 10, Kazegumo

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0412 Cloudy. Cloud accumulation 8; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 60 km. Single engine torpedo. 10 1 by joint action    
0416 ...do... ...do... 10 ...do...    
0510 ...do... Single engine dive bombers. Unknown. ...do...    
0636 ...do... Single engine torpedo. 10 ...do...    
0640 ...do... ...do... 10 ...do...    

DesDiv 10, Yugumo

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
0411 Cloudy. Cloud accumulation 8; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 40 km. Single engine torpedo. 10 1 by joint action  
0512 ...do... Single engine dive bombers. Unknown 1 by joint action (1 other probable)  

DesDiv 10, Makigumo

Time Weather Enemy Aircraft Number shot down by -- Remarks
Type Number AA guns AA machine guns
1405 Clear. Cloud accumulation 1 to 2; ceiling, 500 to 1,000 m.; visibility, 60 km. Single engine dive bombers. Unknown 1 by joint action  



7 November 2003