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What was the Approach and Attack?

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Try this US World War II History quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - History Made Easy powered by ABE.

1) A Japanese task force (the Striking Force) of six aircraft carriers (Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, and Zuikaku) departed northern Japan en route to a position northwest of Hawaii, intending to launch its aircraft to attack Pearl Harbor.  In all, 408 aircraft were intended to be used: 360 for the two attack waves, 48 on defensive combat air patrol (CAP), including nine fighters from the first wave. When did the Japanese task force leave northern Japan?

  1. November 6, 1941

  2. November 16, 1941

  3. November 26, 1941

  4. November 30, 1941

2) The first wave was to be the secondary attack, while the second wave was to finish whatever tasks remained.

  • True or False?

3) The first wave carried most of the weapons to attack capital ships, mainly specially adapted aerial torpedoes which were designed with an anti-roll mechanism and a rudder extension that let them operate in shallow water.  What was the aerial torpedo?

  1. Type 1

  2. Type 19

  3. Type 25

  4. Type 91

4) Before the attack commenced, two how many reconnaissance aircraft were launched from cruisers were sent to scout over Oahu and report on enemy fleet composition and location?

  1. 1

  2. 2

  3. 5

  4. 10

5) Fleet submarines I-16, I-18, I-20, I-22, and I-24 each embarked with a Type A midget submarine for transport to the waters off Oahu. The five I-boats left Kure Naval District on November 25, 1941, coming to 10 nautical miles off the harbor mouth and launched their charges at about 01:00 on December 7. How many nautical miles from the mouth of Pearl Harbor did the Japanese submarines reach?

  1. 10 nautical miles

  2. 20 nautical miles

  3. 30 nautical miles

  4. 40 nautical miles

6) A U.S. destroyer sank a midget submarine at 06:37 Hawaiian time in the first American shots in the Pacific Theater. What was the name of the U.S. destroyer?

  1. McCain

  2. Marteen

  3. Ward

  4. Wheeling

7) A third midget submarine grounded twice, once outside the harbor entrance and again on the east side of Oahu, where it was captured on December 8. Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki swam ashore and was captured by Hawaii National Guard Corporal David Akui, becoming the first Japanese prisoner of war.

  • True or False?

8) A fourth midget submarine had been damaged by a depth charge attack and was abandoned by its crew before it could fire its torpedoes.  A United States Naval Institute analysis of photographs from the attack, conducted in 1999, indicated a midget submarine may have successfully fired a torpedo into a battleship. What is the name of the battleship?

  1. Arizona

  2. Virginia

  3. Florida

  4. West Virginia

9) The midget submarine attack took place before any formal declaration of war was made by Japan, but this was not Admiral Yamamoto's intention. He originally stipulated that the attack should not commence until thirty minutes after Japan had informed the United States that peace negotiations were at an end.

  • True or False?

10) When did Japanese forces received a radio message from a midget submarine claiming damage to one or more large war vessels inside Pearl Harbor?

  1. 08:41 December 7, 1941

  2. 00:41 December 8, 1941

  3. 00:41 December 9, 1941

  4. 00:41 December 10, 1941


What was the Approach and Attack?
[Answers]

1) C.  2) False. The first wave was to be the primary attack, while the second wave was to finish whatever tasks remained.  3) D.  4) B.  5) A.  6) C.  7) True  8) D.  9) True  10) B.

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