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Sergeant Masaru Tanaka

Cherry Blossoms of Same Class

The following story is on display at Hotaru Museum in Chiran Town, Kagoshima Prefecture. Tome in the story refers to Tome Torihama, who operated Tomiya Restaurant in Chiran during WWII.

Sergeant Tanaka, who was in the same class with Sergeant Shimohira, was always good friends with him. The two of them always visited Tomiya Restaurant together.

They stopped by Chiran and met with Tome when they were taking their planes to the south. When they visited Chiran again, they came as members of a special attack squadron. That time also they took off together.

Sortie Date: May 11, 1945
52nd Shinbu Squadron
19 years old

Translated by Bill Gordon