Kajioka Sadamichi (1891-1944)

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Kajioka Sadamichi was commander of Destroyer Squadron 6 when the Pacific War began.  He was assigned to escort the Wake invasion force, but his squadron was dangerously weak to be pitted against an island fortress that was potentially strong.  Overly confident that the 24th Air Flotilla had reduced the island’s defenses, he allowed himself to be lured in, and his force suffered heavy casualties before retreating.  His second assault on Wake was reinforced with heavy cruisers and aircraft from the Soryu and Hiryu and fared better.

Kajioka subsequently commanded the invasion force for Lae, in March 1942.  This nearly turned into another fiasco when Wilson Brown launched a raid across the Owen Stanley Mountains and did considerable damage to the invasion transport fleet.  However, most of the troops and supplies had already landed, and faulty American torpedoes reduced the score of ships sunk and damaged.

Kajioka participated in the battle of the Coral Sea, escorting the Port Moresby invasion force that was forced to turn back when it lost its air cover.

Forced to retire in 1943, Kajioka was recalled to convoy escort duty in 1944. He was killed when his flagship was sunk by Harder east of Hainan.

Service record

1891-5-18   born
Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 67th in a class of 148. Assigned to CA Aso
1912-4-19   CA Tokiwa
1912-12-1 Ensign  
1914-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade     
Gunnery School Basic Course
1915-5-26   Torpedo School Basic Course
1915-12-13   Torpedo Boat Division 15
1916-8-19   CA Akitsushima
1917-12-1   Naval College B Course
1918-4-15   Naval College Major Course
1918-8-15   Naval College Navigation Course
1918-12-1 Lieutenant Manshu
1919-11-20   AP Seito
1920-10-20   Shiretoko
1920-12-3   3 Naval District
1921-1-15   Kiso
1921-11-10   Chikuma
1922-12-1   CA Kasuga
1924-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
Staff, Naval Hydrography Command
1926-11-15   CA Asama
1928-6-15   Nachi
1930-12-1   Instructor, Kasuga
1934-4-1   Instructor, Navigation School
1934-11-15 Captain Commander, Naruto
1935-11-15   Commander, Nagara
1936-12-1   Commander, Kasuga
1938-6-15   Commander, Kiso
1938-12-15   Manager, Yokosuka Harbour
1940-11-15 Rear Admiral
Commander, Sasebo Defense Squadron
1941-4-10   Commander, Yokosuka Defense Squadron
1941-7-1   Staff, 4 Fleet
1941-7-21   Commander, Destroyer Squadron 6
1942-7-14   Commander, Cruiser Division 18
1942-9-1   Commander, Rashin Base Force
1943-10-10   Awaiting assignment
Recalled to Navy General Staff
1944-4-8   Commander, 6 Convoy Headquarters
1944-9-12 Vice admiral
Killed in action


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