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|Pilot FPO2c Masakichi Shibuya (MIA / KIA)
Observer F1/c Masami Koyamada (survived, POW)
Ditched August 27, 1942
Fates of the Pilot
When interrogated, he claimed he had twelve and a half years of Naval service and was a maintenance officer who was flying as a passenger aboard a Val, when it crashed into the sea on a reconnaissance flight on August 26, 1942.
On December 14, 1942, marched to Hay Camp. From December 16-31 was in hospital, then transferred to Cowra POW Camp on January 8, 1943.
Breeched N.S.P.W. Pago (?) and was removed from the camp for 28 days and returned to the camp on July 27. Koyamada did not participate in the Cowra POW Camp breakout attempt of August 4-5, 1944. Afterwards, taken to Murchison camp.
Next, taken to Victoria L of C on March 21, 1945, then returned to Cowra on March 22. He was again in hospital November 5-9, 1945. On March 1, 1946 taken to Sydney and departed aboard the Daikai Maru on March 2 and returned to Japan.
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