Now you really have me hooked.
Hopefully the Utah will have all personnel evacuated after they close all watertight doors as she has no active defenses. With condition zebra set on all ships, and guns manned and ready, the torpedo planes will be in for a very bad time indeed, and the damage will be limited. Of course OTL it was a dive bomber that did for the Arizona, so that still could happen. If the air wing takes the beating it looks like it will, the carriers will be in trouble if and when the surface fleet shows up...as well as any air.
I wonder... The cast of characters is mostly/completely the same in the Philippines; but both Army and Navy have a very different lineup.
actually it was a converted artillery shell dropped from a Kate torpedo bomber operating as a high level bomber that penetrated several decks and set a fire that resulted in detonation (there is a 20 second delay from hit to explosion)
The Val Dive Bombers could only carry basically a 500 pound bomb and could not carry the 1,700 pound artillery shells made into bombs
I am really enjoying this TL.
Thanks for the reference to Kenney's book; fascinating read (especially the anecdotes).
IIRC (perhaps from Prange and or other sources), the entrance to Pearl Harbor was protected by netting against the entrance of submarines. Best estimate I have seen is that the Japanese minisub entered the harbor about 07:00 when the net was opened to allow entrance of two minesweepers. In any event, why would Richardson be worried about subsurface attack within Pearl Harbor? Strikes me as pretty low on the list.
Repositioning the outer row and putting a DD alongside is a clever move, but where will they go? There really isn't any place left in the harbor for them to moor, so I guess they would anchor somewhere north or northeast of Ford Island, but there isn't much room there (perhaps scatter them around, but it seems pretty tricky maneuvering for the middle of the night). Perhaps one or two could tie up pierside at the submarine base?
I would have thought he might sortie one BATDIV (but I am not the author).