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Isoroku Yamamoto

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto

Profession: WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor


Biography: Yamamoto was one of the most senior Japanese Navy officials during World War II. He held a number of important positions, including Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet. In this position he oversaw the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, which led the United States to enter the war.

A few months later he was in overall command when the Battle of Midway occurred, in which the Americans inflicted a devastating blow on the Japanese Navy.

Yamamoto was killed by the US Army Air Force when codebreakers identified his flight plans and he was shot down near the Solomon Islands. His death was a blow to Japanese morale during the war.

Born: April 4, 1884
Birthplace: Nagaoka, Niigata, Empire of Japan

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aries

Died: April 18, 1943 (aged 59)
Cause of Death: Killed in action after the US air force ambushed and shot down his plane. His location was discovered by the "Magic" code-breaking team who managed to intercept and decode his flight plan. His death was a major blow to Japanese morale.

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Historical Events

  • 1939-08-30 Isoroku Yamamoto appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet
  • 1941-11-03 Hirohito's accord on Yamamoto's attack plan on Pearl Harbor fails
  • 1941-12-02 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
  • 1943-04-14 A JN-25 decrypt by American intelligence detailing a forthcoming visit by Marshal Admiral Yamamoto to Balalae Island results in his plane shot down 4 days later
  • 1943-04-17 Marshal Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
  • 1943-04-18 Operation Vengeance: US Army Air Force P-38G fighter aircraft from Kukum Field on Guadalcanal ambush and shoot down the transport bomber aircraft of Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy and mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack

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