Mitsuo Fuchida

1902 - 1976

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Mitsuo Fuchida (淵田 美津雄, Fuchida Mitsuo, 3 December 1902 – 30 May 1976) was a Japanese captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and a bomber aviator in the Imperial Japanese Navy before and during World War II. He is perhaps best known for leading the first wave of air attacks on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Working under the overall fleet commander, Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, Fuchida was responsible for the coordination of the entire aerial attack. After the war ended, Fuchida became a Christian convert and evangelist, traveling across the United States and Europe to tell his story. He later settled in the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mitsuo Fuchida has received more than 633,933 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Mitsuo Fuchida is the 563rd most popular military personnel (up from 602nd in 2019), the 347th most popular biography from Japan (up from 436th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Mitsuo Fuchida ranks 563 out of 1,466Before him are Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov, Ivan Panfilov, Kenji Doihara, Stonewall Jackson, Heraclius the Elder, and Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon. After him are Chris Kyle, Alexander Pokryshkin, Iphicrates, Artur Phleps, Hermocrates, and Dmitry Pozharsky.

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Among people born in 1902, Mitsuo Fuchida ranks 60Before him are Oskar Morgenstern, Takeichi Nishi, Kirill Moskalenko, Rafael Alberti, Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg, and Wilhelm Stuckart. After him are George Ostrogorsky, Josep Samitier, Marcel Aymé, Sylvanus Olympio, Carlo Levi, and Richard Rodgers. Among people deceased in 1976, Mitsuo Fuchida ranks 58Before him are Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach, Mickey Cohen, Michael Polanyi, Ivan Yakubovsky, Phil Ochs, and George Whipple. After him are George Ostrogorsky, Harry Nyquist, Abdul Razak Hussein, Carol Reed, Mikhail Gurevich, and Walter Warlimont.

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Among people born in Japan, Mitsuo Fuchida ranks 347 out of 5,560Before him are Kenji Doihara (1883), Emperor Bidatsu (538), Mamoru Shigemitsu (1887), Inukai Tsuyoshi (1855), Nobuyuki Kato (1920), and Seki Takakazu (1642). After him are Ashikaga Yoshiaki (1537), Otoya Yamaguchi (1943), Kenzō Takada (1939), Takashi Mizuno (1931), Kakuei Tanaka (1918), and Oichi (1547).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Mitsuo Fuchida ranks 33Before him are Nogi Maresuke (1849), Jisaburō Ozawa (1886), Takeichi Nishi (1902), Hisaichi Terauchi (1879), Shunroku Hata (1879), and Kenji Doihara (1883). After him are Saitō Hajime (1844), Takijirō Ōnishi (1891), Sadao Araki (1877), Hiroyoshi Nishizawa (1920), Yoshijirō Umezu (1882), and Takeo Kurita (1889).