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While researching this aircraft for a modeling project, I came across this statement in the Floatplanes volume of William Green's Warplanes of the Second World War series: "E13A1 floatplanes from the cruisers Chikuma, Kinugasa and Tone supplied the information concerning the disposition of the U.S. pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbour on which the J.N.A.F. acted for its surprise attack on the base..". If true, is there any information on when these observation flights took place and how close the aircraft actually came to Pearl harbor?
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Hi Marty.

You can read some info about these flights in Pearl Harbor Aircraft Project, an album with color profiles, photos and good info about this attack.
Mr. David Aiken help me with many info and gives orientation to do the color profiles, include the two (2) Jakes that flown above PH and Lahaina.

The info about these flights that you can read there are:

JII-1 was flown by PO1c Akira Itô (Pilot), PO Masaaru Fukuoka (Observer) and PO3c Fushanobu Kasamori (gunner). At 0530 hrs this IJN cruiser Chikuma's three-seater Aichi E13A1 "Jake" flew to Pearl Harbor anchorage to survey target area and report on the conditions. At 0645 hrs Chikuma's E13A1 track was picked up by Oahu based US Army mobile radar post at Opana Ridge. At 0735 hrs the Japanese crew reported: "Enemy formation at anchor, nine battleships, one heavy cruiser, six light cruisers". The pilot related conditions important to the approaching first wave: "Wind direction from 80º, speed 14m, clearance over enemy fleet 1,700m, cloud density seven." Then at 0738 hrs radioed, "The enemy fleet in Pearl Harbor". Having reported, the pilot swept wide to the south, trying to find the American carriers. Info credit: A. J. Barker, Carl Smith and David Aiken.

A three-seater Aichi E13A1 "Jake" observation plane catapulted from the cruiser Tone at 0530 hrs began its solo flight towards Lahaina anchorage, of Maui Island, 80 miles southeast of Oahu,. Its order - survey target and see if US navy ships were there. At 0735 hrs, this plane reported: "Enemy... not in Lahaina anchorage.". This chart shows the plans to attack this place too. "Photo #: 80-G-3914 Japanese Chart of Lahaina Anchorage, Maui, Hawaii. Recovered from a Japanese Navy aircraft downed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. The chart identifies ship mooring locations and is entitled (at upper left): "Report on positions of enemy fleet at anchorage B". The chart identifies mooring locations with a radial grid. Sectors and distances are coded by single katakana figures. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives."

JI-1 was flown by PO1c Yoichi Takahashi (Pilot), PO Ryozo Narukawa (Observer) and PO2c Nobuo Oku (gunner). At 0530 hrs this IJN cruiser Tone's three-seater Aichi E13A1 "Jake" flew to Lahaina Roads anchorage (off Maui island, 80 miles southwest of Oahu) to survey target area and report on the conditions. At 0735 hrs the crew reported: "The enemy fleet is not in the Lahaina anchorage." Info credit: David Aiken and Carl Smith.

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PostIcon Posted on: May 03 2006,7:32 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

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To avoid detection, the aircraft were to stay a minimum of approximately 5 miles away (west, in this case) from their objective.  It might be added that the Japanese assumed that the Americans would be alerted by these flights.

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Very interesting. Thanks for the info, guys.
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Hi all.

This old MSN album has a new adress now:

http://japaneseaircraft.multiply.com/photos....album_1

In this album you can see "Jake"  color profiles and some info.

Sidnei - from Brazil.


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