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 - but at the huge air-sea Battle of the Philippine Sea there were 17 Kates in Admiral Ozawa's Mobile Fleet, aboard the ships of Carrier Division Three.
Origin: Nakajima-Nikoki KK
Type: (B5N1) Three-seat carrier-based bomber - (B5N2) Three-seat carrier-based torpedo-bomber
Dimensions: Span 50' 11" - Length 33' 10" - Height 12' 2"
(B5N1) 4,645 lb empty, 8,047 lb loaded
(B5N2) 5,024 lb empty, 8,378 lb loaded (normal), 9,039 lb loaded (maximum).
(B5N1) One 770 hp Nakajima Hikari 3 9-Cylinder radial
(B5N1 Model 12 ) 970 hp or 985 hp Sakae 11 14-Cylinder 2-row radial
(B5N2) 1,115 hp Sakae 21 radial
Maximum speed (B5N1) 217 mph - (B5N2) 235 mph
Initial climb: 1,378 feet per minute
Service ceiling: Approx 25,000 feet
Range: (B5N1) 683 miles (B6N2 with normal load) 609 miles.
(B5N1) One 7.7 mm machine-gun, manually-aimed, in rear cockpit
Underwing racks for two 250 kg bombs or six 60 kg bombs
(B5N2) Twin 7.7 mm machine-guns, manually-aimed, in rear cockpit
plus (?) two 7.7 mm machine-guns, fixed, above forward fuselage (?)
(These two forward-firing guns are given in Bill Gunston's 'Combat Aircraft of World War Two'
but they are not referred to in other sources)
Fuselage rack for one 800 kg (18-inch) torpedo or three 250 kg bombs
Nakajima B6N Tenzan 'Jill' torpedo aircraft - the B5N's successor
The Story of the Torpedo Bomber - book by Peter C. Smith
TBF/TBM Avenger - US shipborne torpedo-bomber
Aircraft of the Pacific War - Index
The Battle of the Philippine Sea
The Battle for Leyte Gulf