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Yamada Sadayoshi (1892-1971)

Yamada Sadayoshi was commander of 25 Air Flotilla during the Coral Sea battle and the early Guadalcanal campaign. Yamada had a distinguished career as a naval aviator for 25 years and was described as "...mustachioed, aristocratic-looking " (Gamble 2010). He had a pronounced tendency to exaggerate his men's accomplishments.

Service record

1892-11-26     
  born
1914-12-19 Midshipman     
Graduated from Naval Academy, standing 5th in a class of 117. Assigned to CA Aso
1915-8-27   CA Yakumo
1915-12-13 Ensign BB Kawachi
1916-12-1   BB Asahi
1917-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade     
Torpedo School Basic Course
1918-5-20   Gunnery School Basic Course
1918-12-1   Flight training
1919-6-27   Yokosuka Air Group
1920-7-1   Wakamiya
1920-8-26   Resident in France
1920-12-1 Lieutenant  
1922-1-20   Navy General Staff
1922-9-22   Superintendant, Versailles treaty
1924-6-16   Yokosuka Air Group
1925-12-1 Lieutenant Commander
Instructor, Kasumigaura Air Group
1926-12-1   Naval College A Course
1928-12-10   Staff, Combined Fleet
1930-12-1 Commander Staff, Navy General Staff
1932-12-1   Staff, 1 Air Flotilla
1933-9-1   Instructor, Naval College
1934-2-7   Navy General Staff
1934-9-1   Staff, Research, Navy Department
1935-7-1   Attache, France
1935-10-25   Attendant to Plenipotentiary, Geneva conference
1935-11-15 Captain  
1938-3-22   Chief, S7, N3, Navy General Staff
1939-5-25   1 Naval District
1939-7-11   Chief, S7, N3, Navy General Staff
1939-10-15   Commander, Soryu
1940-10-15   Commander, Kaga
1941-9-15   Staff, 11 Air Fleet
1941-9-20   Navy General Staff
1941-10-15 Rear admiral
 
1942-3-20   Staff, 11 Air Fleet
1942-4-1   Commander, 25 Air Flotilla
1942-11-23   Chief of staff, 3 Fleet
1943-12-6   Commander, Yokosuka Air Group
1944-3-15   Commander, 51 Air Flotilla
1944-10-15 Vice admiral
 
1944-11-25   Commander, 101 Air Flotilla
1945-8-26   Commander, 3 Air Fleet
1945-10-1   Retires
1971-11-16   Dies


References

Fuller (1992)

Gamble (2010)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2007-12-11)

Prados (1995)



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