Kiichi Oda

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Kiichi Oda
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Oda while assigned to the Sōryū in June 1942
Native name 小田 喜一
Born 1913
Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Died 10 December 1944 (aged 30–31)
Bonin Islands
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJN)
Years of service 1931-1944
Rank Ensign
Battles/wars

Kiichi Oda (小田 喜一?, 1913 – 10 December 1944) was an officer and ace fighter pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific theater of World War II. In aerial combat over China and the Pacific, he was officially credited with destroying nine enemy aircraft.

At the outbreak of the Pacific War, as a member of the aircraft carrier Sōryū's fighter group, Oda participated in the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Indian Ocean Raid, and the Battle of Midway. After serving almost a year in the reserves in Japan, Oda returned to active service in April 1944 and saw front line aviation duty in the Mariana Islands and at Truk. At Truk in late 1944, Oda embarked on the submarine I-365 to return to mainland Japan. On 10 December 1944, the submarine was sunk in the Bonin Islands with all hands, including Oda.

References

  • Hata, Ikuhiko; Izawa, Yasuho (1989) [1975]. Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II. Translated by Don Cyril Gorham. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-315-6.