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Interrogation Nav 110, Captain Tokuma Abe

8 Dec 1945


ABE, Tokuma, Captain, I.J.N.

ABE's twenty-three years of service as a permanent officer included six years duty in submarines and in anti-submarine warfare. During World War II all his duties were with naval escort forces including staff work ashore and command of a coast defense squadron. He evinced considerable interest in U.S. submarine operations and expressed very positive opinions regarding the rapid progress in development of U.S. submarines and the training of their crews. He also pointed out the deficiencies in Japanese defensive measures and lack of coordination among units responsible for protection of shipping. He appeared to have a good general knowledge of the campaign against Japanese shipping but did not recall many details.

Submarine and anti-submarine1926-1932
Senior Staff Officer, Defense UnitSASEBODecember 1941-October 1942
Senior Staff Officer, 22nd Base ForceBALIKPAPANNovember 1942-February 1944
Senior Staff Officer, #4 Surface Escort and OKINAWA Base ForceFebruary 1944-January 1945
Commanding Officer, 22nd Coast Defense SquadronSouth CHINA SEAJanuary 1945-August 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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