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Tainan Kokutai pilots pose at Lakunai Airfield near Rabaul. This photo was in the poesssion of PO2 Enji Kakimoto who ditched off Milne Bay on August 27, 1942 who wrote notes on the back of the photo and tore up the photo when captured on August 31. The photo was later repaired by Allied intelligence.

Rear row, standing, left to right:
unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; Aviation Seaman First Class (Sea 1c) Keisaku Yoshimura.; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; Flight Petty Officer Second Class (PO2c) Ichirobei Yamazaki; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified.

Third row, standing, l to r: unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; Flight Petty Officer First Class (PO1c) Mototsuna Yoshida; PO1c Saburo Sakai; PO1c Hiroyoshi Nishizawa; unidentified; PO1c Yoshio Oki; unidentified; unidentified; PO1c Toshio Ota; Flight Petty Officer Third Class (PO3c) Masuaki Endo.

Second row, sitting, left to right:
Aviation Warrant Officer (WO) Sahei Yamashita; PO1c Tora-ichi Takatsuka; unidentified; Lt(jg) Jun-ichi Sasai (division officer); Lieutenant (LT) Shiro Kawai (division officer); Commander Yasuna Kozono (executive officer and air officer); Captain Masahisa Saito (commanding officer); Lieutenant Commander Tadashi Nakajima (group leader); Lt Kiku-ichi Inano (division officer); Lt Joji Yamashita (division officer); unidentified; LTJG Takeyoshi Ono; unidentified.

Front row, left to right:
unidentified; PO3c Take-ichi Kuniwake; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; PO3c Uto Kazushi; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified.
Credit: AWM P04029.001 Date: 1942
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