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Lt. General Hatazo Adachi
Japanese Army, Commanding Officer (C. O.) 18th Army in New Guinea

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Lt. General Hatazo Adachi was the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the Japanese Army, 18th Army in New Guinea.

On August 2, 1943 took off from Madang Airfield as a a passenger aboard a Ki-51 Sonia from the 83rd Dokuritsu Chutai on a flight bound for Lae Airfield, escorted by nine Ki-43 Oscars from the 24th Sentai. Flying at 4,900', the formation was spotted by P-38 Lightnings escorting B-25 Mitchells on the north coast of New Guinea off Teliata Point roughly 30 miles south of Saidor. Adachi's Ki-51 Sonia dove to low level and managed to escape interception and proceeded eastward to land at Cape Gloucester Airfield instead.

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