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Tada Takeo (1890-1953)

Tada Takeo commanded 21 Air Flotilla at the outbreak of war, in spite of a complete lack of an aviation background: He had spent most of his career in staff assignments. He subsequently returned to staff assignments and was Japan's last Navy vice-minister. He was a classmate and close personal friend of Onishi Takijiro, who founded the kamikaze corps, and Tada's son was among those sacrificed as kamikaze pilots.

Service record

1890-10-7   Born
1912-7-17 Midshipman Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 4th in a class of 144. Assigned to CL Soya
1913-5-1   BC Kurama
1913-12-1 Ensign CL Soya
1915-12-13     
Lieutenant junior grade
Gunnery School Basic Course
1916-6-1   Torpedo School Basic Course
1916-12-1   BB Asahi
1917-12-1   DD Nara
1918-8-3   Awaiting assignment
1918-12-1 Lieutenant Kure Local Defense Squadron
1919-3-10   2 Naval District
1920-4-1   1 Naval District
1920-6-17   Navy General Staff
1922-5-1   AO Kamoi
1922-12-1   Aide-de-campe to Fleet Admiral Inoue Yoshika
1924-12-1   Commander, DD Kikuzuki
1925-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
Commander, DD Tsuta
1926-4-20   Commander, DD Nara
1926-12-1   Staff, Bureau of Personnel, Sasebo
1929-11-30   Staff, Bureau of Personnel, Navy Ministry
1930-12-1 Commander  
1933-9-1   Staff, Training Fleet
1934-10-22   Commander, AO Tsurumi
1934-11-15 Captain  
1935-11-15   Chief, S2, Bureau of Personnel, Navy Ministry
1938-11-15   BB Kirishima
1939-11-15   Chief of staff, 3 China Fleet
1940-8-8   Chief, Tsingtao Detachment, Asian Development Agency
1940-11-15 Rear admiral
 
1941-9-1   Commander, 21 Air Flotilla
1942-9-30   Staff, Southwest Area Fleet
1942-10-10   Chief of staff, Southwest Area Fleet
1943-11-1 Vice admiral
 
1944-3-15   Chief, Bureau of Administration, Naval Air Command
1944-8-1   Director, Bureau of Naval Affairs, Navy Ministry
1945-5-15   Navy Vice-Minister
1945-11-20
Retires
1953-3-3   Dies


References

Inoguchi et al. (1994; accessed 2011-7-8)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2008-4-3)



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