Japanese Aircraft

World War II Terms to Know: Kamikaze

By: Mark Loproto

Most of the War in the Pacific following the attack on Pearl Harbor was fought with bombs, artillery shells, and bullets. The Japanese, however, had an additional method of attacking.... Read More

Enemy Aircraft: Nakajima B5N “Kate”

By: Mark Loproto

The innocent-sounding “Kate” of World War II was anything but sweet. It was a warplane designed to lay waste to its targets through the bombs it dropped from higher altitudes.... Read More

Beyond Torpedoes and Bombs: What is Strafing?

By: Mark Loproto

When learning about the details of the morning of December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base in Oahu, the... Read More

Childhood Memories of Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce Danforth

Their combined age at the time was barely old enough to enlist. Still, Pat Campbell and Jimmy Lee had front row seats for one of the most devastating events in... Read More

Pearl Harbor Scourge: Mitsubishi A6M Zero

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese A6M Zero Model 21 manufactured by Mitsubishi was one of the most iconic participants in the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the bombers inflicted... Read More

Pacific Aviation Museum’s Hangar 37

By: Mark Loproto

During the course of American aviation history, the aerial fleet of the US military has undergone vast changes to keep up with the changing demands of warfare. Aircraft that were... Read More

The Japanese Weapons of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

There were a lot of military assets involved in the Pearl Harbor attack, from the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters to the vessels lined up at Battleship Row. Working in Japan’s... Read More

Iconic Aircraft of World War II

By: Mark Loproto

Aerial combat played a huge part in the Second World War, including in the Pacific Theater, which unfolded across multiple islands. From this emphasis on aerial combat, several iconic aerial... Read More

Pearl Harbor: The Third Wave That Never Came

By: Mark Loproto

Over the course of two hours, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two destructive waves of fighters and bombers on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack caused the... Read More

The Leader of the Japanese Striking Force

By: Mark Loproto

The planning of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was headed by Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku. Though he was the idea man who determined when and how the attack would take place, Yamamoto... Read More

The Pacific Aviation Museum: Going Beyond Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

When you arrive at Pearl Harbor to experience the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, you probably already know that... Read More

Japan’s Attack Force at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

For the Imperial Japanese Navy to successfully pull off an attack on American territory, it needed two things: the element of surprise and a sizable force. By the morning of... Read More

Your Pearl Harbor Agenda

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7th, 1941, Japanese fighters and bombers swooped in on Pearl Harbor, devastating airfields and mighty battleships lined up at Battleship Row. The attack is such an important part... Read More

Taking to the Skies: The Aircraft of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

The morning of December 7th, 1941 turned into a scene of mayhem and destructions when the Japanese surprised the installation with attacks from both sea and air. The United States... Read More

Japanese War Machines of the Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Tara Tyrrell

The attack on Pearl Harbor that catapulted the United States into World War II was a devastating blow, and forced the hand of the US to join the Second World... Read More