Interrogation Nav 106, Rear Admiral Keizo Komura

7 Dec 1945


KOMURA, Keizo, Rear Admiral, I.J.N.

KOMURA served 32 years in the regular Navy. While Commanding Officer of the Chikuma (CA) he provided cruiser escort for the aircraft carriers at the Battle of MIDWAY, the battleships at the Battle of the Eastern SOLOMONS and at SANTA CRUZ. In the latter action he was wounded when his ship was damaged by dive-bombers. This officer was of unusual Japanese stature, being about six feet tall and weighing approximately 220 pounds. He had a rather domineering attitude towards other Japanese in his presence and arrogance towards the interrogator, although this attitude was not continued throughout the interrogation. His aide constantly checked his statements by official documents. The information obtained agreed with other testimony.

Command Officer, Chikuma (CA)1941-1942
Commanding Officer, Fuzo (BB)1942-1943
Commanding Officer, Musashi (BB)1943
Chief of Staff, Third Fleet (First Task Force Fleet)1943-1944
Commanding Officer, 1st Air Flotilla1944
Commanding Officer, 2nd Torpedo Flotilla1944-1945
Chief of Staff, YOKOSUKA Naval Base1945

Source: United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Interrogation of Japanese Officials [OPNAV-P-03-100], courtesy of ibilio Hyperwar Project
Added By: C. Peter Chen

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