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105th Naval Base Unit
|Pilot C.P.O. Jiro Nagai (MIA / KIA) Tokushima Prefecture
Observer PO1C Yoshio Sakamoto (MIA / KIA)
Radio PO2C Nobuo Miwata (MIA / KIA)
MIA April 27, 1945
Flying at 6,000' the pair decended to 300-600' through poor weather then reached Rambutyo Island and proceeded to the target at 150'. Spotting a searchlight from Momote Airfield as the clouds cleared over Seelder Harbor which was lit up. Commencing their attack at 2315, the pair became seporated and attacked seporate targets. This Kate released its aerial torpedo which hit and damaged ABSD-4 Floating Dry Dock. After the attack, this Kate failed to return to base. Its precise fate is unknown, either lost over the target or returning to Rabaul.
The Americans claimed this Kate crashed into Seelder Harbor. The US Navy combat report stated: "After dropping the torpedo, the plane [Kate piloted Nagai] by climbed sharply, making a steep right bank over the starboard sidway and barely missing the crane [aboard ABSD-4]. The pilot seemed to loose control, and the plane fell sidways into the harbor. Searching afterwards, US Navy divers failed to locate the torpedo plane.
Postwar, Ensign Chuhei Okubo aboard the other Kate claimed this Kate rejoined them after the attack for about thirty minutes until they entered bad weather, then was never seen again.
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