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|Pilot PO1c Takeshi Hirano (KIA)
Crashed December 7, 1941
Finding no aerial opposition, the nine Zeros, including Hirano broke off and flew over southern Honolulu to strafe John Rodgers Field (Honiolulu Airport), setting a Hawaiian Airlines DC-3 on fire.
Next, the Zeros spotted large transports (actually B-17s) near Hickam Field and attacked. Hirano and Iwama attacked the B-17C piloted by Lt. Raymond Swenson from the rear, but overshot it. Iwama's fire hit the bomber, causing it to set fire and force land.
The Zeros then over flew Fort Kamehameha on their way to strafe Hickam Field. Fully alerted, anti-aircraft fire from the ground and USS Helm damaged this Zero. Hirano attempted to crash land on a street, but was clipped by palm tress and instead crash at Fort Kamehameha into Building 52 (Ordinance Machine Shop), killing Hirano instantly.
Immediately, American servicemen took souvenirs from the crashed Zero, including the pilot's pistol, dataplates and pieces of the aircraft. A map was found and relayed to intelligence, and used in an attempt to locate the Japanese carriers.
Hirano's remains were taken the Fort Shafter morgue, but his identity was unknown. He was buried at Scofield Barracks Cemetery on December 9 as an unknown Japanese aviator.
The wreckage of the Zero was transported to Hickam Field for technical evaluation. The initial American report on the Zero incorrectly believed the aircraft was a copy of American designs, but did reveal lack of armor plating or self sealing fuel tanks.
Later, the wreckage was shipped to Wright Field for further study, and was paraded on "Army Day" in Dayton in 1942. Further lab testing was done on the Zero's aluminum. Afterwards, its fate is unknown.
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