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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Flying Boats Flew Japan’s Little-Known Follow-On Raid On Pearl Harbor | The Drive

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The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred eighty years ago, drew the United States into World War II, and the event’s fame has guaranteed that it has maintained a significant resonance in the public mind since then.

The unexpected raid of December 7, 1941, took a significant toll on the Pacific Fleet battleships of the United States Navy, but it was not enough for Imperial Japan. Less than three months later, that country launched a considerably less well-known follow-up strike, this time deploying massive four-engine Kawanishi H8K flying boats, a brand-new weapon at the time, in one of the greatest bombing sorties ever undertaken.

The raid on December 7 had massive ramifications, with the Imperial Japanese Navy, or IJN, scoring hits on all eight Pacific Fleet battleships, wrecking two of them and putting the rest out of commission for varying amounts of time.

Source: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43414/flying-boats-flew-japans-little-known-follow-on-raid-on-pearl-harbor

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