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USN June 9, 1942
|Pilot PO1c Yoshio Saito / PO1c Akira Akao
Observer WO Masanobu Shibata / PO1c Noriyoshihiro Otake
Radio PO3c Seikaku Tsunemae / S1c Kazuo Sakahita
Ditched May 7, 1942
Together, they spotted two enemy vessels they reported to be an aircraft carrier and a cruiser. In fact, they were fleet oiler USS Neosho (AO-23) and destroyer USS Sims (DD-409). The pair loitered in the area too long and ran low on fuel and were unable to reach Shōkaku. Instead, both aircraft proceeded to the Indispensable Reef and ditched onto the reef.
Fates of the Crew
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October 13, 2020
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