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Tsukada Rikichi


Photograph of Tsukada Rikichi adjusting his helmet

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Tsukada Rikichi was commissioned in the infantry in 1916 and graduated from the War College in November 1924. He held numerous air staff positions between the wars and was chief of staff of 1 Air Division when war broke out in the Pacific. He was given command of 3 Air Brigade in April 1942 and made chief of staff of 3 Air Army in February 1944. He became commander of airborne operations training in November 1944 and led the Kembu Group battling for Clark Field in January 1945. He was promoted to lieutenant general in March 1945. By early April 1945 his division was practically destroyed, and on 6 April he ordered the remnants to fight as independent guerrilla units in the mountains west of Clark Field. He was targeted for capture by the Alamo Scouts, but they were unable to locate him.

Service record

1916
Second lieutenant     

1942-11     

Graduates from War College
1937     
Colonel     
Chief, Intelligence Section, North China Area Army
1938

Commander, 7 Air Regiment
1939

Chief of staff, 1 Air Division
1942-4
Major general     
Commander, 3 Air Brigade
1944-2-14     

Chief of staff, 3 Air Army
1944-8-8

Commander, Airborne Operations Training Unit
1944-11

Commander, 1 Airborne Raiding Group
1944

Commander, Kembu Group, Luzon
1945-3
Lieutenant general

1945-4-6     

Commander, 1 Advance Air Group


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-12)

Hayashi and Cox (1959)

Pettibone (2007)

Zedric (1995)



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