Mitsuo Fuchida , born 03-12-1902, Nara Prefecture, was the air-strike leader of the Japanese carrier force that attacked Pearl Harbor. Considered one of Japan’s most skillful fliers, he had gained combat experience during air operations over China in the late 1930s.
At 6 a.m. on December 7, 1941, then-Commander Fuchida took off from the carrier-flagship Akagi
to lead the 183 planes of the first attack wave against the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. Moments before the first bombs fell he transmitted the radio message to ra … to ra … to ra …, the coded signal to Japanese commanders that the attack was a surprise.
Fuchida continued to serve as senior air commander with the fast-carrier striking force, leading air attacks on the Dutch East Indies and against British bases and ships in the eastern Indian Ocean in early 1942.
Fuchida was on board the Akagi at the Battle of Midway. Injured in the air attack, he was saved from the sinking carrier. When he returned to Japan, he was immediately ordered to the Naval War College as an instructor and directed to prepare a highly secret report on the battle.
Promoted to captain, Fuchida was the fleet air staff officer at the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944, which marked the end of the effective Japanese carrier force. In 1941, over 3,000 Americans died when Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. About 3,860 Japanese kamikaze pilots met their deaths hitting more than 400 Allied ships. After President Truman made the controversial decision August 6, 1945, to drop the Atomic Bomb, the
Emperor Hirohito’s Imperial forces officially surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay, on September 2, 1945,
Fuchida became a Christian as a result of reading the Bible while in prison. He as Fuchida, returned to Japan as missionaries . The high point of their spiritual careers was becoming evangelists. Mitsuo Fuchida, became an American citizen in 1960. It has been told that in trying to make restitution to the people of Oahu, that he gave the civil government of Honolulu, Hawaii. One Million Dollars every year until his death. He died of complications caused by diabetes in Kashiwara, near Osaka on 30 May 1976 at the age of 73.