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19 Sep 2023 20:20
About Fuchida’s Book
I would like to make some comments about the book "Midway'' written by Fuchid and Okumiya.
At the time of its publication, this book was considered "True Fact." However, recently it has been evaluated as follows.
The operation leadership was severely criticized for its disastrous defeat at Midway. The intention of the publishing of the book was to relieve criticism of them by emphasizing the narrow loss, saying, “If only we had five more minutes.''
I've got Fuchida's book, and the quote in blue is not accurate. In the preamble Fuchida feels that the Japanese government had lied at the time and presented the battle as a draw. He wanted to bring forth an accurate account of the battle, which the Japanese public was not told was a defeat, and outline the reasons for the defeat. Starting on page 233 he writes a 15 page account of why Japan lost the battle. The Five Minutes is not mentioned once in this autopsy. It bears no weight in the causes of the defeat. Fuchida was a warrior, not a historian by nature. He'd been central to the construction what he well may have thought was the greatest aviation attack force in the history of warfare. It had one purpose, one intention. To find and destroy the US carriers. This did not happen, and he wanted to write a book to explain why. The Five Minutes as an "almost" is a statement of what Fuchida considers a fact of the battle. It is not meant as an apology for Nagumo's and Yamamoto's mistakes, which if you've read Fuchida's book, you would know he holds as the keys to the defeat. Fuchida helped build a magnificent attack force and Nagumo's decisions destroyed it. That is the core message of the book.
Fuchida developed appendicitis and underwent surgery. On June 5th, his stitches were already removed, but he had to stay in his bed in his room. However he crawled onto the bridge. He could see all the deck from there. In other words, the “Five Minutes of Destiny'' story is not just hearsay, but his experience.
Fuchida was never on the bridge. He watched the battle propped up on the flight deck, having come up from the infirmary. He counted nine (not three) dive bombers stacked up over Akagi. The first two missed to starboard, the third he thought was going to hit him directly. The blast blew him across the fight deck and broke both his legs. He would have died on the flight deck in the fires except for a crewman who noticed his plight and pulled him clear of the advancing fires.
In his book, a bomb from a Dauntless exploded during the first Zero's takeoff, and the Zero narrowly escaped a bomb explosion. So how 飛行機隊戦闘行動調書 described the Zero? It is 9直 9th shift on the 2nd CAP page piloted by FPO1 Kimura Koreo 木村惟雄 which took off at 0725 Tokyo Time. He reminisces: “When I saw Kaga and Soryu being bombed and on fire, I immediately boarded the captain's Zero which was preparing to take off.'' In other words, he was not a member of the 2nd Wave Attack. I think this is enough to show that "Five Minutes of Destiny" is not true.
I just posted a breakdown of all 18 Akagi fighter pilots to determine which were the three that were intended for the escort. I think that Koreo was earmarked to escort the strike, and I gave the reasons why this is the case. I would add that the Koreo sortie at 1025 is one of the shortest flights of any CAP fighter during the battle. He lands on Hiryu as quickly as Hiryu was able to land aircraft. Anyways, which three pilots of the eighteen in Akagi's roster do you think were held back for this role? Name them please.