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 Subject: LST 926 and Admiral Ugaki
 
Author: Rick Steadman
Date:   5/17/2020 5:04 pm CDT
On August 15, 1945 crewmen from LST-926 are reported to have found the wreckage of a plane and three Japanese bodies on a beach on Iheyajima Island, off Okinawa.
Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki, Commander of the Fifth Air Fleet made an unauthorized kamikaze flight on that date in a two-seat Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy) aircraft. At the last minute, the plane's radioman, whom Ugaki had replaced, squeezed aboard against the admiral's order. Moved by his dedication, Ugaki allowed him to stay, so his plane held three men, making it likely the wreckage found was his aircraft.
Has anyone heard this story, and have any information on its source, beyond Wikipedia?
I would appreciate any leads.
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