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Minami, Yoshimi

Date of birth:
December 15th, 1915 (Kagawa Prefecture, Japan)
Date of death:
November 25th, 1944 (Leyte, Philippines)
Buried on:
Yasukuni War Shrine
Japanese (1868-1945, Empire)


Lieutenant Yoshimi Minami was a fighter ace pilot who died in a failed kamikaze attempt off Leyte in 1944. He was credited for 15 air victories. Minami was posthumously promoted to captain.

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Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)
13th Air Corps Shanghai, Imperial Japanese Navy
Awarded on:
For actions on 31 May 1938
Navy Aviation Proficiency Badge


  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons
  • - Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II. (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press)
    - Japan Navy Fighter Corp.s (Book of Forest Press Center, 2003)