Soryu and Hiryu losses?

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Soryu and Hiryu losses?

Post by PF » 13 Jul 2008 21:25

What were Soryu and Hiryu losses/claims at Wake Island December 1941?

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Re: Soryu and Hiryu losses?

Post by glenn239 » 18 Jul 2008 18:03

Cressmen (Magnificent fight) or Bloody Shambles (Vol 1) would probably have the information you are looking for.

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Re: Soryu and Hiryu losses?

Post by PapageiStaffel » 27 Jul 2008 14:02

Hi,

From the book : "Samurai sur porte-avions" (Samurai on carriers)

The 21st december 1941: The Soryu launched 14 Aichi D3A1 (lead by Takashige Egusa) escorted by 9 Mitsubishi A6M2 (lead by Masaji Suganami) and the HIryu launched 15 Aichi D3A1 (lead by Michio Kobayashi) escorted by 9 Mitsubishi A6M2 (lead by Sumio Nono) plus 2 Nakajima B5N2 used as scout. 2 Soryu's planes damaged.

The 22nd december 1941 : The Soryu launched 4 Aicha D3A1 in patrol and the Hiryu did the same for replacing the ones of the Soryu. About 11 h, the Soryu sent to Wake 17 Nakajima B5N2 (lead by Heijiro Abe) escorted by 3 Mitsubishi A6M2 (lead by Iyozo Fujita) and the Hiryu sent 16 Nakajima B5N2 (lead by Tadashi Kusumi) escorted by 3 Mitsubishi A6M2 (lead by Kiyokuma Okajima).
The 39 japanese planes met the 2 last Wildcat piloted by Davidson (211-F-9) and Feuler(211-F-8). Among my book :
Feuler shot down one B5N2 (Soryu. Crew killed : Kurita, Otani and Okami) and after he shot down an another B5N2 (Soryu. Crew killed : Sato, Kanai and Anada. During the Pearl Harbor attack, Kanai flew on the BI-323 maybe he was shot down on this plane but not sure). Then the Feuler 's Wildcat was attacked by the Mitsubishi A6M2 piloted by Isao Tahara (Hiryu) . Feuler (wounded) escaped and landed on Wake Island. Meanwhile, Tahara attacked and shot down the Davidson's Wildcat (pilot killed).
During the bombing, some planes were damaged by the Marines AAA. The B5N2 of Heijiro Abe (Soryu) had to make a belly landing near one carrier (crew saved).

The 23rd december 1941: several attacks, no loss.

Hope it can help

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Re: Soryu and Hiryu losses?

Post by PF » 29 Jul 2008 20:16

Thanks very much for info! :D

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Re: Soryu and Hiryu losses?

Post by Camp Upshur » 31 Jul 2008 01:15

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F4F VMF-211 Freuler
US Marine Aviator CAPT Freuler VMF-211 Navy Cross

(Source: Marine Corps Historical Collection)
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