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3rd Kokutai

Pilot  Warrant Officer Osamu Kudo (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  March 3, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima. Assigned to the 3rd Kōkūtai. Painted overall gray with a black cowling.

Mission History
On March 3, 1942 at 9:20am one of nine A6M2 Zeros that took off from Keopang Airfield on Timor for a low level surprise attack against Broome. During the mission, one C5M2 Babs flew reconnaissance and three of the Zeros provided top cover.

Over Broome at 500', the formation found both Broome Airfield and Roebuck Bay full of aircraft and seaplanes with military and civilian refugees fleeing Java via Broome.

In total, the six strafing Zeros destroyed a total of seventeen Allied aircraft and seaplanes. Over the target, this Zero was hit by ground fire and was believed to crash into the sea. The pilot's body was never located.

Kodochosho, 3rd Kōkūtai, March 3, 1942
ABC News "Possible answer to WWII mystery under threat as wet season looms" by Erin Parke October 13, 2015

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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