With my fathers recent passing, I was going through his Navy Blue Jacket Manual. From it, slipped a paper which was a carbon copy of an interrogation of a downed Japanese airman that my fathers ship, the USS Token, AM-126, a minesweeper, had rescued. I tied to decipher the report as the copy is very bad and what I was able to determine is below. Where I have listed "???", I am unable to determine what are the letters or words. Any help with making this documnet complete and accurate would be appreciated. Thank you for any feedback.
Commander Fifth Amphibious Force
29 May 1945
Special Preliminary POW Interrogation Report
CTF 31 Interrogation
1. Personal Details
POW Name: ACEI, Takeru POW Rank: Ensign Unit: Special Attack Unit (TokyoButai),Kikusui Butai Base: Kanoya Airfield, Kyushu Place of capture: At _?_ off southwestern coast of Okinawa by Token (AM- 126) Age: 23 Education: Graduate of Taihoku Agricultural School (Formosa) Residence: Setagaya.Ku, Tokyo Vocation: Farmer
1943: September -left Taihoku, Formosa, for Japan. Joined the Navy and stationed at Tsuchiura 1944: February - went to GX (GI)??? Airfield; June - received commission as ensign, Naval Air Corps; July – joined (USA)??? Air Group 1945: 08 May - flew to Kanoya; 27 May –took off from Kanoya on suicide mission. Mission unsuccessful and POW captured.
3. Details of Flight and Capture
POW was the observer in a VAL that, together with ten (10) other planes left Kanoya Airfield at about 2000, 27 May to make an attack at Okinawa. The planes flew south over Yakushima, west of Amami Oshima and were to rendezvous over Imaya??? Shima before attacking shipping off Nagushi Anchorage (Okinawa). Due to very bad weather, POW’s plane failed to make land at Amami Oshimi and Imaya??? Shima and finally ended up hopelessly lost circling off southwestern Okinawa. Here it was attacked by a (U.S.) Grumann fighter, which shot off its aileron controls and forced it to crash into the sea.
POW’s VAL had been stripped of its forward machine guns leaving only 1-7.7 mm machine gun aft and radio equipment and had no radar nor homing devices. The plane carried 2-250 kilogram bombs and only enough gasoline for a one way trip. Due to low cloud cover it flew at an altitude of about 1500 feet.
F. Lehmer??? Interrogator, CTF 31
Other POW’s name was Yokoyama, Yoshiski, a 2nd class P.O. All passable souvenirs were taken by you and passed aboard the ANRUN ???