Obayashi Sueo (1895-1983)

Obayashi Sueo was captain of the Zuiho from just before the outbreak of war to the end of 1942. By March 1944 he was a rear admiral in command of Carrier Division 3, which he led at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Here he proved aggressive, launching a strike at maximum range the moment the Americans were spotted before being ordered to recall the planes by a more cautious Ozawa. By the time of Leyte Gulf, Obayashi was Ozawa's chief of staff, and he ended the war in command of kamikaze forces. He survived the war to give interesting insights to American historians.

Service record

1895-3-8   born
Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 22nd in a class of 95. Assigned to CL Adsuma.
1916-8-22   BB Kashima
1916-12-1 Ensign  
1917-12-1   BB Ise
1918-10-1   CL Adzuma
1918-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade
1919-8-5   DD Shiratsuyu
1919-12-1   Torpedo School Basic Course
1920-5-31   Gunnery School Basic Course
1920-12-1   BB Kashima
1921-12-1 Lieutenant Gunnery School Advanced Course
1922-12-1   DD Sumire
1923-12-1   CL Oi
1924-12-1   BB Hyuga
1925-12-1   Instructor, Gunnery School
1927-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
1928-5-25   BB Mutsu
1930-11-15   Staff, Battleship Division 3
1931-12-1   CA Myoko
1932-12-1 Commander BB Hyuga
1933-11-15   Instructor, Gunnery School
1935-10-10   Executive officer, CL Yakumo
1936-12-1   Executive officer, Saiki Air Group
1937-12-1 Captain  
1937-12-15   Commander, AV Kagu Maru
1938-12-15   Commander, Kanoya Air Group
1940-10-15   Commander, Tateyama Air Group
1941-1-25   Commander, Hakata Air Group
1941-9-20   Commander, CVL Zuiho
1942-12-5   Staff, Combined Fleet
1942-12-10   Commander, BB Hyuga
1943-5-1 Rear admiral
1943-7-1   Commander, 51 Air Flotilla
1944-2-1   Commander, Carrier Division 3
1944-10-1   Chief of staff, 3 Fleet
1944-12-10   Commander, Carrier Division 1
1945-2-10   Navy General Staff
1945-3-20   Commander, 1 Special Attack Squadron
1983-4-13   Dies


Fuller (1992)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2008-5-10)

Tillman (2005)

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