|Pilot W/O Tadashi Yoshitake (KIA, BR)
Crashed December 26, 1942
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 11th Sentai. No known markings or tail code.
On December 26, 1942 took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul on a fighter sweep over Gona. Over the target, intercepted by Wirraway A20-103 piloted by P/O John S. Archer. This Oscar was hit by gunfire causing it to crash into the sea near shore. Yoshitake did not bail
out and died on impact. This was the only
incident when a Wirraway to managed to shoot down an enemy fighter, incorrectly claimed to be a "Zero".
After the crash, Australian Army troops reached the crash site and recovered the body of the pilot and intelligence material from the cockpit. Presumably, the pilot's body was buried at the Japanese cemetery at Gona.
J-Aircraft TAIC XJ005 (photos)
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January 5, 2018