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Interrogation Nav 77, Captain Kameo Sonokawa

13 Nov 1945


SONOKAWA, Kameo, Captain, I.J.N.

SONOKAWA served 22 years in the regular Navy. He was an experienced combat pilot with over 2,000 hours flying time. He was in command of the GENZAN Air Group when it participated in the attacks resulting in the sinking of the Repulse and Prince of Wales. This same unit had previously conducted operations in the CHINA Theatre and was highly trained in night and day bombing and torpedo work. SONOKAWA appeared to be exceptionally intelligent and well aware of the situation in general. He was eager to ask as well as answer questions of a professional nature and furnished accurate and interesting information.

Commanding Officer, GENZAN Air Group KOREA, SAIGON September 1941-April 1942
Commanding Officer, TAKAO Air Group TAKAO April 1942-February 1943
Staff, Naval Air Headquarters TOKYO February 1943-August 1944
Staff, 23rd Air Flotilla KENDARI August 1944-February 1945
YOKOSUKA Naval Station YOKOSUKA February 1945-April 1945
Commanding Officer, 210th Air Group NAGOYA April 1945-August 1945
Staff, 32nd Air Flotilla OITA August 1945-September 1945

Source: United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Interrogation of Japanese Officials [OPNAV-P-03-100], courtesy of ibilio Hyperwar Project
Added By: C. Peter Chen

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