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|Pilot PO/1 Sadaô Yamashita (KIA)
Crashed August 27, 1942
Due to bad weather, the formation arrived over Milne Bay at 8:20am and the D3A Val dive bombers completed their dive bombing attacks and departing the area. Afterwards, the Tainan Kokutai Zeros dove down to strafe Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River), firing at LB-30 Liberator AL-818 that was already destroyed and unservicable.
Afterwards, Ninomiya was flying with NP Kihachi Ninomiya and observed the ditching of A6M3 piloted by Kakimoto and thought his Zero had ditched in very shallow water because they could see it from the air in very clear water. They dove down and strafed the water, in an attempt to destroy it to prevent it from being salvaged by the Allies.
While strafing, the were surprised by two P-40E Kittyhawks from 75 Squadron piloted by Les Jackson (C. O.) and his wingman Sgt Roy Riddel, who shot down both Zeros.
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