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B5N1 Type 97 "Kate" 9-348, 14 Kokutai, Sanzao Dao, South China 1938-39
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General Background
When Japan entered WWII the B5N Kate was the standard torpedo bomber and sank more Allied ships than any other type of Japanese aircraft. B5N2's played the main role in sinking the carrier Lexington at Coral Sea,Yorktown at Midway and Hornet at the Battle of Santa Cruz in October 1942. There were 1,150 B5N1 and B5N2 Torpedo Bombers produced but by 1944 the Kate had been replaced by the B6N "Jill". The Kate ended its service being used for Kamikaze attacks leaving no surviving examples.
The Aircraft
The prototype of the B5N1 Type 97 completed its maiden flight in January 1937 and ordered into production almost immediately. The new aircraft was state of the art for 1937 and became known as the Kate to Allied forces. 143 Kates took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The B5N1 was Japan’s most effective torpedo bomber but even when it became obsolete because of the newer U.S. aircraft Japan was forced to continue using it because they had no alternatives.
Specifications :
B5N1 and B5N2:
Dimensions  
Length: 33ft 10in (10.30 m)
Wingspan: 50ft 11in (15.52m)
Height: 12ft 2in (3.70m)
Weight:
B5N1:  
Empty weight: 4,643 lb (2,106 kg)
Loaded: 8,157 lb (3,700 kg)
B5N2:  
Empty weight: 5,024 lb (2,279 kg)
Loaded: 8,378 lb (3,800 kg)
Engine:  
B5N1: Nakajima Hikari 3, 770 hp, 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial
B5N2: Nakajima NK 1B Sakae 11, 1,000 hp, 14-cylinder, air-cooled radial
Performance:
B5N1:
Maximum Speed: 229 mph @ 6,560 ft (2,000 m)
Service Ceiling: 24,280 ft (7,400 m)
Normal Range: 679 miles (1,092 km)
Maximum Range: 1,404 miles (2,259 km)
B5N2:
Maximum Speed: 235 mph @ 11,810 ft (3,600 m)
Service Ceiling: 27,100 ft (8,260 m)
Normal Range: 608 miles (978 km)
Maximum Range: 1,237 miles (1,990 km)
Armament  
B5N1 and B5N2: 1 x flexible rear-firing 7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun
Bombs – 1,764 lb (800 kg)
Or 1 x 1,764 lb (800 kg) torpedo