Mitsuo Fuchida was born on 2 December 1902 and entered the Japanese Naval Academy in 1921. There he met Minoru Genda (Genda, Minoru). In 1939 he joined Akagi as flight commander and met Admiral Yamamoto (Yamamoto, Isoruko). In the China campaign he added torpedo bombing to his mastery of horizontal bombing. He was closely involved in the planning of the Pearl Harbor operation and personally led the First Attack Wave in a Nakajima B5N2 Kate piloted by Lieuteant Mitsuo Matsuzaki. He wore a hachimaki on behalf of the maintenance crew of Akagi. Fuchida survived the war and became a Christian minister. He died in 1976.