This is AII-250 on first receipt to Kaga prior to application of command marks. Hikotaicho Saburo Makino and PO1c Yukio Nagamine were the assigned crew at this moment. INFO CREDIT: "Shinjuwan no 101 Ki" by H. Yoshimura, M. Asano and D. Aiken, Magazine REPURIKA 7/92.
#13 - December 28, 1940 to April 10, 1941 VI-102 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Kaga, January 1941. INFO CREDIT: book JAPANESE NAVAL ACES AND FIGHTER UNITS IN WORLD WAR II, by Ikuhiko Hata and Yasuho Izawa, page 25. INFO CREDIT: book FAOW #42, Japanese Imperial Army and Navy Aircraft Color and Marking, page 2
Yukio Nagamine (1-Hiso) stands in front of his bird of KAGA with tail number 250 (All-250). Nagamine was once the radioman for Hikotaicho Saburo Makino, but illness caused his replacement. INFO CREDIT: Magazine REPURIKA 7/92 - by H. Yoshimura, M. Asano and D. Aiken.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, PO1c Akira Yamamoto served as Shotaicho (leader of 3 planes unit) of the 4th Shotai in the first wave fighter escort. Immediately before arriving in the target area PO1c Yamamoto discovered a civilian sightseeing aircraft enjoying a leisurely Sunday morning cruise. With one burst of gunfire, Yamamoto shot down the aircraft at about 08:05. He next moved in to strafe Hickam Field where he claimed six aircraft destroyed on the ground. When he returned…