Aichi E13A1 "241-03", Battleship Yamato in Operation Ten-Gō

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Aichi E13A1 "241-03", Battleship Yamato in Operation Ten-Gō

Post by Franklin » 08 Jun 2019 13:41

Hi,
Some questions about the airplanes embarked on the Battleship Yamato in Operation Ten-Gō.

In Yamato's TROM it reads:

7 April 1945:
0600: YAMATO launches her Aichi E13A1 Type 0 "Jake" reconnaissance floatplane.
0630: [...] YAMATO's "Jake" returns to Kyushu.

It seems that this Aichi E13A1 had the code "241-03". This aircraft belonged to some Kokutai? Is it possible to find the name and rank of the crew of this aircraft?

How translate in Japanese "Surface Special Attack Unit"? Something like "Tokko Kantai"?

Thank you for your help.

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Re: Aichi E13A1 "241-03", Battleship Yamato in Operation Ten-Gō

Post by fontessa » 08 Jun 2019 15:41

Hello Franklin,
Franklin wrote: This aircraft belonged to some Kokutai?
No, it belonged to YAMATO 飛行科 Hiko-ka Flight Department.
The battleships and cruisers planes belonged not to 航空隊 Kokutai, but to their own 飛行科 Flight Department.
Franklin wrote: Is it possible to find the name and rank of the crew of this aircraft?
Unfortunately it isn’t possible.
Franklin wrote: How translate in Japanese "Surface Special Attack Unit"? Something like "Tokko Kantai"?
It may be 水上特攻隊 Suijo Tokko Tai. As for Operation Ten-Gō the fleet was named 第1遊撃部隊 First Raiding Unit.

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Re: Aichi E13A1 "241-03", Battleship Yamato in Operation Ten-Gō

Post by Franklin » 08 Jun 2019 18:16

Many thanks Fontessa! You are always very kind.

How would “First Raiding Unit” be transliterated?

At the Yamato Museum there was a touching picture of the YAMATO Hiko-ka crew. I thought there would be some document preserved with the names of the crew that made that last flight in abril 1945.

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Re: Aichi E13A1 "241-03", Battleship Yamato in Operation Ten-Gō

Post by fontessa » 09 Jun 2019 00:23

Hello Franklin,
Franklin wrote: How would “First Raiding Unit” be transliterated?
It is 第1遊撃部隊 Dai-ichi Yugeki Butai.

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