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Tainan Kōkūtai

Pilot  P. O. 1st Class Toshiaki Honda (KIA)
Crashed  May 13, 1942

Aircraft History
Assigned to the Tainan Kōkūtai. Tail code V-???

Mission History
On May 13, 1942 took off from Lakunai Airfield at Rabaul on a mission against Port Moresby. This aircraft failed to return and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Wreckage
This aircraft might have been A6M2 Zero 641 crashed at "Wirraway Valley" and investigated by Allied Technical Inteligence Unit (ATIU) and designated "AD 7" estimated to have crashed May 12, 1942. This estimated date of crash is incorrect, as the Japanese lost no Zeros over Port Moresby. Two Zero losses over Port Moresby are possibilities: A6M2 Zero piloted by Honda crashed May 13, 1942 or this aircraft. Both aircraft were lost during that timeframe.

References
Kodochosho, Tainan Kōkūtai, May 13, 1942
Winged Samurai "Tainan Kōkūtai Pilot Casualties" page 88

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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