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Tazoe Noboru (-1948)

Tazoe Noboru (Teizo Noboru in some sources) commanded 8 Air Brigade when war broke out in the Pacific. He commanded 5 Air Division in Burma in 1943. He feared the possibility of Allied airborne operations and spoke against the U-Go offensive, arguing that Japanese forces should concentrate against the Chindits instead. By June 1944 his air force was down to 161 aircraft versus 1500 available to the Allies. He was chief of staff of General Air Army in the final months of the war (Tillman 2010):

It became apparent in March 1945 that Japan could not win the war when the B-20s wrought extensive damage, especially in the case of small factories scattered throughout the cities.

Service record

1939-8     
 Major general      Office chief, Aeronautical Technical Laboratory
1940-6

Commander, 8 Air Brigade
1942-6-1

Chief of staff, 1 Air Army
1943-5-1     
Lieutenant general      
Commander, 5 Air Division, Burma
1944-12-26     

Head, General Affairs Bureau, Inspectorate-General of Army Aviation
1945-4-7

Chief of staff, General Air Army
1948

Dies


References

Axis History Factbook (accessed 2012-5-8)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2014-3-7)

Pettibone (2007)

Tillman (2010)



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