Monday, 4 February 2019

"Toraware no Nihonki" #2

In this second set, again from the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, we can see some of the aircraft being transported "on board USS Barnes (CVE-20) during its transit to Norfolk via Alameda and the Panama Canal.".
photo #7
Thank you all for your help to identify these planes.
photo #7b
Here's what we have so far:
1. Nakajima J5N "Tenrai"
2. Aichi M6A1-K "Nanzan"
3. Nakajima Ki-44 "Shoki"
4. Kawanishi N1K-J "Shiden"
5. Nakajima C6N "Saiun"
6. Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden-kai"
7. (probably) Yokosuka D4Y3 "Suisei" model 33/43
8. Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden"
9. Mitsubishi A6M7 "Zero"
10. Nakajima B6N "Tenzan"
11. Yokosuka D4Y1 "Suisei"
12. Nakajima C6N "Saiun"
13. Yokosuka D4Y1 "Suisei"
14. Kawasaki Ki-102b
15. Mitsubishi Ki-46-III "Dinah"
16. Kyushu Q1W "Tokai"
photo #8
photo #9

In the photos above we can see another "Tokai" and another "Dinah" positioned in front of aircraft number #13. The "Tokai" will be a/c number 26 and the "Dinah" number 25. The "Suisei", positioned in front of a/c number #9 has a white "26" painted on the fuselage side and, interestingly, a star painted over the hinomaru. It is a/c number 28. Behind it is another "Suisei" which will be a/c number 27.
photo #10
photo #11


More of the same a/c as seen in the two photos above. Some have their canopies covered.
photo #12

photo #12b
17. Kawasaki Ki-45 "Toryu"
18. Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily"
19. Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden-kai"
20. Nakajima C6N "Saiun"
21. Nakajima C6N "Saiun"
22. Nakajima J1N1 "Gekko"
23. Mitsubishi Ki-46-III "Dinah"
You mentioned that a/c #20 & #21 are Nakajima C6N "Saiun", not B6N. Nevertheless note that the air intake under the fuselage is on the starboard side, not on the port as it should be. Could it be that this photo is actually in reverse? Makes more sense if the photographer was on the island of the aircraft carrier.


Harold K said...

Yes indeed George, we are getting there step by step.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. On the last one, on the left sides of the "Lily" and the "Toryu" are two Nakajima C6N1 "Myrt" - note the 3 bladed prop (the B6N was 4 blades).

Anonymous said...

first photo - on the left...Tenrai, Nanzan, Shoki, Shiden, Saiun, Shiden Kai and (probably) Suisei mode 33/43...

Serge said...

On the last photo we can see two C6N "Saiun", not B6N. And there is no Ki-45 on top photo. It is J5N "Tenrai".

Danilo said...

So interesting pics. How many of these beauties have survived up to date?

Michael Thurow said...

Yes, the last picture is reversed. The Toryu's hood should open to the starboard side as seen on your mirror copy.

zegeye said...

Number 9 from the main photo looks more like ZERO to me.