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|Pilot PO2c Nobuo Tokushige (MIA / KIA)
Crashed August 17, 1942
Arriving over the target at high altitude by 9:15am, Japanese caught the Allies by surprise and no Allied fighters intercepted the formation. After the Betty bombers released their bombs over 7 Mile Drome by 9:23am, the formation turned back towards Rabaul.
Returning, the formation experienced bad weather between New Guinea and New Britain that caused the formation to split up, with many bombers and Zeros diverting to Lae Airfield instead.
Instead, PO2c Nobuo Tokushige and PO2c Masayoshi Yonekawa attempted to fly back to Rabaul. Alone, Yonekawa successfully landed at Lakunai Airfield around 1:00pm, the only Zero pilot to return to Rabaul after the mission. When Tokushige failed to return, he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). He was presumed lost due to bad weather in the mountains near Gasmata.
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