Japanese Navy pilot Naoshi Kanno's N1K Shiden Kai fighter, Japan, 1945

Caption     Japanese Navy pilot Naoshi Kanno's N1K Shiden Kai fighter, Japan, 1945 ww2dbase
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Added Date 8 Jul 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Aug 2013 11:18:51 AM


Aircraft of the 343rd Kokutai Shiden Kai note number that's painted on hinomaru, this practice of painting the aircraft's number, was a late war method of visual identification in the IJNAF that were training or working to full operational status.


Some of the Photos were taken at Matsuyama during February and March 1945 when the 343rd was still training. Above photo was taken on April 10, 1945
by Kanno's crew chief.
Aircraft were being transferred to Kanoya on the island of Kyushu to take part in the Okinawa campaign.

After units were made operational, to the combat area, the numbers were removed, however unit tail markings and numbers added to the identity of the unit.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Aug 2013 05:48:50 PM


The 343rd was commanded by Captain Minoru Genda, who at the start of the Pacific War, was assigned to Admiral Yamamoto's staff, and was one of many to plan the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Genda an experienced naval pilot with 3,000hrs. of flying time. During the war, he served as Senior Air Officer aboard carriers, Staff Officer
Imperial Navy General Staff and Commander of the 343rd Kokutai remained operational in spite of fuel shortages, spare parts and aircraft against
American forces the 343rd was disbanded on August 14,1945 when the Emperor ordered Japan to surrender.


By Henry Saikaida
Published by Classic Publications (2003)
ISBN-10: 1903223253

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