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2nd Kōkūtai

Pilot  FPO2c Koji Takahashi (MIA / KIA)
Observer  Lt(jg) Katsu Yoshinaga (MIA / KIA)

MIA  August 27, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as D3A1 Model 11 Val manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the 2nd Kokutai. No known tail code or markings.

Mission History
On August 27, 1942 took off from Buna Airfield at 5:30am piloted by FPO2c Koji Takahashi on a dive bombing mission over Milne Bay. After bombing anti-aircraft positions, this aircraft was intercepted and shot down by Allied fighters offshore from East Cape, east of Rabi. When it failed to return, it was reported as "Jibaku" (suicide crash).

Kodochosho 2nd Kōkūtai - August 27, 1942
Thanks to Osamu Tagaya for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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