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Wed Nov 29, 2023, 07:49 AM Nov 29

On November 26, 1941, a Japanese task force departed Hittokapu Bay in the Kuril Islands en route to Hawaii. [View all]

Attack on Pearl Harbor


Approach and attack

See also: Order of battle of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Part of the Japanese task force prior to leaving

On November 26, 1941, a Japanese task force (the Striking Force) of six aircraft carriers – Akagi, Kaga, Sōryū, Hiryū, Shōkaku, and Zuikaku – departed on Etorofu (now Iterup) Island in the Kuril Islands, en route to a position northwest of Hawaii, intending to launch its 408 aircraft to attack Pearl Harbor: 360 for the two attack waves and 48 on defensive combat air patrol (CAP), including 9 fighters from the first wave.

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