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Hinomaru markings on IJN aircraft carrier flight decks
Posted by Dan Muir on 8/31/2021, 11:00 am
In addition to the Hiryu, Soryu, Kaga, and Akagi it seems that possibly 4 or 5 other IJN carriers may have had the Hinomaru painted on their flight deck. 3 or 4 of the carriers were also part of Operation MI (Midway Invasion). The model references I have show the Hosho, Zuiho, Ryujo, and maybe the Junyo might have had the Hinomaru painted on the flight deck. I only implicate the Junyo because I have a model reference showing Junyo's sister ship Hiyo wearing one on her flight deck in July, 1942. Hiyo was comissioned too late for the Midway Operation. Attached are some of the pics and drawings I have found.
Does anyone else have any better pics or references that would verify the existence of the Hinomaru on these or other IJN aircraft carriers?