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Pilot  Sub-Lt. Setsuo Kuno (KIA)
Reconnaissance  Petty Officer Tadao Maruyama (WIA / KIA)
Radio/Gunner  Warrant Officer Hisao Sato (survived)

Crashed  October 17, 1942

Crew History
Sub-Lt. Setsuo Kuno was in the 67th Class (1939) from the Navy Academy at Eta Jima.

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Manufacture Number unknown. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Junyō.

Wartime History
On October 17, 1942 took off from Junyō escorted by A6M2 Zeros along with B5N2 Kates from Hiyo on a mission to attack American shipping offshore Lunga Point on Guadalcanal. Over the target, this aircraft was intercepted and shot down by an F4F Wildcat from VMF-121 and crashed on land near Cape Esperance.

One crew member escaped the crash, and met a downed Zero pilot Kaname Harada in the jungle. Together, the two tried to save Maruyama, trapped in the wreckage but were unsucessful. They stayed with the bodies for one night before leaving.

They were finally rescued by a group of Japanese engineers who were building a submarine base Kamimbo Bay (Tambea)

The First Team pages 317-319
Beyond Pearl Harbor: The Untold stories of Japan's Navy Airmen
Beyond Pearl Harbor "Head-on Duel Over Guadalcanal"
Thanks to Ron Werneth for additional information

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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