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Sugawara Michio (1888-1983)

Sugawara Michio was commissioned in the infantry in 1909, attended the Japanese War College, and became involved in Army aviation.  He commanded 3 Air Division in south Indochina at the outbreak of war in the Pacific, and his air forces quickly established air supremacy over Malaya.  His air division operated against the Netherlands East Indies and Burma during the Centrifugal Offensive. He returned to staff assignments in Tokyo in May 1943, but was given command of 6 Air Army at Fukuoka in December 1944.  His forces redeployed to Kyushu in March 1945 to supply kamikazes to support the Navy during the Okinawa campaign.

Service record

1883     

Born
1909
Second lieutenant     

1931
Colonel
Instructor, Shimoshidzu Army Aviation School
1933

Commander, 6 Air Regiment
1935

Chief, 1 Section, Army Aeronautical Department, Ministry of War
1937
Major general
Commander, 2 Air Brigade
1938

Commander, 3 Air Brigade
1939

Army Aeronautical Department, Ministry of War
1939

Commandant, Shimoshizu Army Aviation School
1940
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 1 Air Division
1941

Commander, 3 Air Division
1942

Commander, 3 Air Army
1943-5     

Commandant, Army Aviation School
1944

Deputy Inspector-General of Army Aviation
1944

Inspector-General of Army Aviation
1944

Head, Army Aeronautical Department, Ministry of War
1944-8-8

Commander, Training Air Army
1944-12-26     

Commander, 6 Air Army
1945

Retires
1983

Dies


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-4-9)

Hayashi and Cox (1959)

Pettibone (2007)



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