|Pilot PO2/c Yoshimo Sakai (MIA / KIA)
Crashed April 17, 1942
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima, manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai. Tail number V-1??.
Took off from Rabaul on a mission to attack Port
Moresby. On the way
to the target over Owen Stanley Mountains, PO2/c Sakai lowered his altitude staggeringly and
fell into the jungle
the Zero formation crossed the spine of the Owen Stanley Range,
on the south side of the spine. Possibly, this loss was due to an oxygen failure.
Thanks to Tatsuo Kamino for additional information
Winged Samurai "Tainan Kōkūtai Pilot Casualties" page 88
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February 4, 2018