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Commander Vice-Admiral Matome Ugaki (KIA)
Radio Warrant Officer Akiyoshi Endo (KIA)
Crashed August 15, 1945
Although his subordinates protested, Vice-Admiral Matome Ugaki decided to take command of this aircraft. Before boarding, Ugaki made a final diary entry, noting that he had not yet received an official cease-fire order, and that as he alone was to blame for the failure of his aviators to stop the enemy and decided to fly a final mission himself to show the true spirit of Bushido.
Completing his diary at 4:00pm, he joined his staff officers for a sake toast then entrusted his Sensoroku [personal diary] to his secretary of his class association with the insturctions that it should never be place in enemy hands.
After posing for pictures wearing a pair of binoculars, he removed his rank insignia from his Type 3 uniform (dark green) and carried a sword presented to him by Admiral Yamamoto then boarded this aircraft. The original pilot Warrant Officer Endo boarded and participated in the mission and serving as radio operator. While taxing, Ugaki was observed to wave from the cockpit.
One of ten aircraft that took off from Oita Airfield. Afterwards, three aborted due to engine problems. The remaining seven planes flew southward to locate U. S. Navy ships off Okinawa. At 7:24pm, Endo transmitted Ugaki's final radio message reported that the plane had begun its dive onto an American vessel. This aircraft failed to return. In fact, it did not manage hit any American ship and was likely shot down.
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