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Posted by tomcervo on September 4, 2019, 17:58:19, in reply to "Re: No
Alan Zimm asserted that IJN aviators were so obsessed with battleships that they wasted ordnance on an ex-battleship with a superficial remaining resemblance to an active BB. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VRW1Z0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The Japanese flight leaders knew very well what Utah was and where she was located. The other aircrews had specific instructions not to waste torpedoes on Utah. However six aircraft disregarded those instructions and attacked Utah anyways resulting in two torpedo hits that doomed her.
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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