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Posted by LonCray on September 4, 2019, 6:37:12, in reply to "Re: No
We know from the Battle off Samar that the Japanese made a lot of mistakes IDing USN ships. They had enough aircraft at Pearl Harbor to just blast everything (except the fuel storage bunkers) but later on they lost that luxury. By the time Leyte Gulf rolled around, they misidentified DEs as Destroyers, Destroyers as Cruisers, and escort carriers as Essex Class fleet carriers.
Just curious, wondering if jap Intel was privy to identification practices
The Japanese aviators were not assigned to specific ships at Pearl Harbor. They knew the general mooring location but not the specific ship locations on 12/07/41. Thus thee Utah was hit because she was in a berth often used by carriers; the timber on deck may have contributed too.
Fascinating documentation provided by Tracy. My question is do you suppose the jap aircrews were aware and used the recognition colors to locate their assigned targets rather than or in addition to silhouettes?
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