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Sumikawa Michio (1896-1977)

Sumikawa Michio was captain of the Hiyo when war broke out in the Pacific. He later commanded 22 Air Flotilla, and ended the war as deputy commander of 4 Fleet at Truk, which had been bypassed by the Allies.

After the general surrender, Sumikawa was called as a witness to the war crimes trials at Guam, and was also called on to persuade Japanese holdouts on Peleliu to surrender in April 1947.

Service record

1896-8-5   born
1917-11-24     
Midshipman Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 4th in a class of 89. Assigned to CL Asama
1918-7-11   BB Fuso
1918-8-1 Ensign  
1918-12-1   Gunnery School Basic Course
1919-5-23   Torpedo School Basic Course
1919-12-1   Flight training, Yokosuka
1920-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade    
Yokosuka Air Group
1921-1-13   BB Mikasa
1921-5-25   Staff, Temporary Flying Training Center
1922-8-15   Resident in France
1923-12-1 Lieutenant  
1924-3-1   Navy General Staff
1925-9-3   Kasumigaura Air Group
1926-11-15   Yokosuka Air Group
1927-11-1   S5, N3, Naval General Staff
1928-12-10   Naval College A-Course
1929-11-30 Lieutenant commander     
 
1930-12-1   Staff, Combined Fleet
1932-11-15   S3, N2, Naval General Staff
1934-11-15 Commander Instructor, Yokosuka Air Group
1936-3-19   Staff, Bureau of Naval Affairs, Navy Ministry
1936-9-24   Staff, 3 Fleet
1936-11-16   Staff, Carrier Division 1
1937-11-15   Attache, France
1938-11-15 Captain  
1940-5-20   Chief equipping officer, CV Shokaku
1940-10-15   Commander, CVS Mizuho
1941-9-5   Air-Technical Arsenal
1941-9-8   Chief, Bureau of Administration, Air Technical Arsenal
1942-11-15   Staff, Carrier Division 2
1942-11-21   Commander, CV Hiyo
1943-8-15   Chief equipping officer, CV Taiho
1943-11-1 Rear admiral
 
1943-12-23   Staff, 4 Fleet
1944-1-6   Chief of staff, 4 Fleet
1944-3-30   Commander, 22 Air Flotilla
1947-10-22
Retires
1977-6-18   Dies

References

Cayle (1996; accessed 2011-7-4)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2008-7-4)

Prados (1995)

 
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