TME-1985-5, lists several No.80 bomb types, both AP , and GP(HE), the 800 kg bombs used at pearl were special in the since that they were from a limited production run (modified Shels), but the Japanese built scades of these with configurations that met or exceaded the capabalitys of the ones used at Pearl.
Prety Much All Japanese Carieers also had magizine storage space aloted for the types in this weight range.
Research as shown that (Original Japanese load charts for the atacks) Port atacks in Austrailia, Java,Ceylone, and Pearl all used the 800 kg bomb type, in fact the exception to the rule was Pearl, because only their did the Japanese use torpedos and 800 KG bombs, during a port atacks.
The Kate weapons system and its torps and 800kg bombs were important for the Japanese for a reasion that might be unkonw to some, the Val and its primary weapon the 250 kg bomb Type (s), was not originaly considered by the Japanese as suficient for dealing with Allied CA's or larger war ships, the Japanese felt that the 250 KG bomb would not dispatch such a ship*, and the torps or 800 kg bombs would be nescessary to deal with them. After the Sinking of the Cronwall and Dorsetshire in the IO by Vals they changed their tune somewhat, but this explaines the proment placement of the 800kg Bomb type in IJN operations and Magisines.
* From: The Emperor's Sea Eagle by Abe Zenji
Something else to consider is that the 500 kg weight class is totaly absent from stock, and in a pinch Vals could manage to get one aloft, and Judys could as well. Nells droped them on the PoW and Repulse and got penatrations.
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