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Irifune Naosaburo (1891-1953)

Irifune was a gunnery expert who was among the first Japanese officers to glimpse the German Würzburg radar, while on a technical exchange mission to Europe in 1940. He commanded 32 Base Force at the start of the Pacific War, and was in charge of the task force that carried out the Mindanao invasion.

Service record

1891-2-27   born
1911-7-18 Midshipman Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 83rd in a class of 148. Assigned to CL Aso
1912-3-29   BB Kawachi
1912-12-1 Ensign BC Kurama
1913-12-1   Gunnery School Basic Course
1914-5-27   Torpedo School Basic Course
1914-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade     
CL Itsukushima
1915-5-1   BC Ibuki
1915-12-13     
  Torpedo Boat Division 2
1916-12-1   BB Suwo
1917-7-2   1 Naval District
1917-12-1   Naval College B-Course
1918-4-5   Gunnery School Advanced Course
1918-12-1 Lieutenant BC Ibuki
1920-12-1   Instructor, Naval Academy
1922-5-1   CL Idzumo
1923-5-10   CL Tone
1923-8-1   CL Chikuma
1924-12-1 Lieutenant commander
Instructor, Gunnery School
1926-12-1   CL Kinu
1927-12-1   BB Kongo
1928-12-1   BB Yamashiro
1929-11-5   BB Mutsu
1929-11-15   Instructor, Gunnery School
1929-11-30 Commander  
1933-11-15   Executive officer, BB Hyuga
1934-11-15 Captain Staff, Combined Fleet
1935-10-10   Commander, AO Erimo
1936-3-20   Chief Instructor, Gunnery School
1937-12-1   Commander, CA Mikuma
1938-11-15   Chief, S2, Bureau of Administration, Naval Shipbuilding Command
1940-11-15 Rear admiral
Schoolmaster, Gunnery School
1940-12-21   Trip to Germany
1941-6-1   Schoolmaster, Yokosuka Gunnery School
1941-11-17   Staff, 3 Fleet
1941-11-20   Commander, 32 Base Force
1943-3-15   Schoolmaster, Yokosuka Gunnery School
1943-11-1   Staff, 8 Fleet
1943-11-8   Commander, 8 Special Base Force
1944-5-1 Vice admiral
 
1944-12-1   Chief of staff, 11 Air Fleet
1947-4-7
Retires
1953-12-24   Dies


References

Materials of IJN (accessed 2009-2-19)

Nakagawa (1997)


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