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Nakajima B5N "Kate" airplane model

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Item Number: C-B5N
The Nakajima B5N - Allied reporting-name 'Kate' - was the sole shipboard torpedo-bomber of the Japanese Navy at the start of the Pacific War. It was by then quite old, having been designed to meet a specification of 1935, and was already judged to be obsolescent. However, when first put into production it had been a very advanced aircraft, and in war it out-performed any Allied shipborne torpedo-plane until the arrival of the Grumman Avenger in mid-1942. In particular it was greatly superior to the Douglas TBD Devastator - the carrier-borne torpedo-plane of the US Fleet at the Battle of the Coral Sea and the decisive Battle of Midway.

B5Ns 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. Along with the destruction of the carrier Wasp by a Japanese submarine during the Guadalcanal campaign these were the major blows to the American carrier forces in the early phase of the Pacific War. These exploits supplemented the Kate's success in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, in which 40 B5N2s armed with torpedoes - and 103 B5N2s armed with bombs - inflicted enormous damage on the US Battle Fleet.

Total production of the B5N was 1,149 units. By the time of the Marianas campaign it had been largely replaced by its successor - the Nakajima B6N Tenzan