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Iwamoto, Tetsuzo

Date of birth:
June 15th, 1916 (Karafuto, Japan)
Date of death:
May 20th, 1955 (Japan)
Nationality:
Japanese (1868-1945, Empire)

Biography

Tetsuzo Iwamoto was one of the greatest air aces of the Imperial Japanese Navy. During his career he is supposed to have achieved 242 air victories, 14 in China, 202 confirmed in the Pacific, 26 shared victories and 27 unconfirmed victories. He is supposed to have damaged two planes and destroyed two on the ground.

Promotions:
June 1st, 1934: Sailor Fourth Class;
November 15th, 1934: Sailor Third Class;
November 2nd, 1935: Sailor Second Class;
December 26th, 1935: Sailor First Class;
May 1st, 1938: Petty Officer Third Class;
November 1st, 1939: Petty Officer Second Class;
May 1st, 1941: Petty Officer First Class;
November 1st, 1942: Chief Petty Officer ;
November 1st, 1944: Ensign;
September 5th, 1945: Sub-Lieutenant.

Career:
1934: Japanese Imperial Navy;
1935: 34 Soju-Renshusei, Pilot training;
April 4th, 1936: Kasumigaura-Ku, Advanced training;
December 1936: Saeki Kokutai, Naval Air Goup;
July 16th, 1937: Omura Kokutai;
1938: 13th Air Group Fighter Squadron;
September 1938: Saiki Air Group.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Ittōheisō (Petty Officer First Class)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Kinshi Kunsho 5th Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Ittōheisō (Petty Officer First Class)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Kyuokujitsu sho, 7th Class

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