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The 34th  Fighter Squadron
Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt
from Ie Shima Island North West of Okinawa.

The 34th Fighter Squadron Yearbook Page 42.


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Photos of Japanese Surrender Delegation
on Ie Shima in WW2.

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Japanese Surrender Delegation at the end of WW2.



Japanese Surrender Delegation on Ie Shima in ww2
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Soldiers stand at Attention when the Japanese Betty Bombers Taxi In.
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The Heavy activity around the Japanese Betty Bomber Aircraft in WW2
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Wayne Bossert, The 77th Infantry Division, Memory of Ernie Pyle April 1945
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When Emperor Hirohito decided for the Japanese to surrender after the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he was not a popular man.  The Japanese honor dictated that the Japanese should fight to the very last person and never give up.  Hirohito knew that the people have suffered badly and that most everyone would die if the war continued and he saw fit to end the war and end this great suffering.  The Japanese generals in charge of the armies thought differently than this.  They wanted to continue the war to the very end, to the very last man, for the honor of Japan.

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In these rare photos, you can see the Japanese surrender delegation standing next to their Betty Bombers and then standing next to one of the American planes.  One of the Betty Bombers ran off of the runway and was damaged.  Some people think that they intentionally ran the plane off of the runway so they wouldn't have to fly it back to Japan and take the chance of getting shot down by their own pilots.  There has not been any movies that I could find that had any pictures or the story of these Japanese pilots or this pre surrender ceremonies.  However, these Japanese soldiers had a tremendously hard time making it back to Japan because the Japanese generals had ordered their fighter pilots to shoot down any of these planes bringing the surrender plans to the Americans and back to Japan.  This is the real surrender story.

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The original press release lists the following names:
1.) Lieutenant General Kawabe Takashiro
    Vice Chief, Imperial Staff
2.) Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokuyama
    Representative, Imperial Japanese Navy Staff
3.) Colonel Yashima Terai
    General Staff
4.) Colonel Orato Yamoto
    General Staff
5.) Mr. Morio Yackawa
    Secretary, Japanese foreign office

American Party Meeting at Nichols Field
1.) Major General Charles A. Willoughby
2.) Colonel Quintin S. Lander,
    Chief, GHQ Foreign Liaison
3.) Colonel S.F. Mashbir
    Coordinator, Allied Translator-Interrogation Section (ATIS)
4.) Colonel V.D Whatlez, Jr
    HQ Commandant
5.) Lieutenant Commander Samuel C Bartlett, Jr
    US Naval Reserve Interpreter
6.) Major John E Anderton
    Allied Translator-Interrogation Section (ATIS)
7.) Major John Shelton
    AIF Interpreter
8.) Major George Caiger
    AIF Interpreter
9.) Lieutenant James Gibson
    Allied Translator-Interrogation Section (ATIS)
10.)Lieutenant William Parker
    Allied Translator-Interrogation Section (ATIS)
11.)Lieutenant Kazano
    Nisei, Allied Translator-Interrogation Section (ATIS)
12.)Lieutenant Imada
    Nisei, Allied Translator-Interrogation Section (ATIS)
The remainder of the 11 names were Japanese aides and flight crew to my understanding.  I do know from research that they were apparently issued the top of the line flight gear and full flight regalia, so despite flying in in a rickety old bomber, they looked the part for the flight crew.
Another tidbit to assist:
Japanese and American staff departed from the field in 7 staff cars on Nichols Field.
1st Car - Gen Willoughby, chief Jap envoy, envoy's aide and Col Mashbir.
2nd Car - Col Whatlez, 2 Jap envoys and Lt Commdr Bartlett
3rd Car - Col Lander, 2 Jap envoys, Maj Anderton
4th Car - 3 Jap envoys, Maj Shelton
5th Car - 3 Jap envoys, Maj Caiger
6th Car - 2 Jap envoys, Lt Parker, Lt Imada.
7th Car - 2 Jap envoys, Lt Kazano, Lt Gibson.
The above was typed verbatim from a press release dated 19 August 1945 which lists ETA of the flight to Nichols Field at 1813.  I have a number of surrender photographs inbound that relate to this event, including one of both bombers in the same frame, and a second that focuses on the second bomber, but does show the first.  One of the photographs was given to Stillwell's select few and shows photographs of the surrender delegates inside the C-54 and a few other things.  I am debating on the extent of what I'd like to put online, as I do worry about people ripping off the images...but am not wanting to hoard the information. 
As far as I can read, I've not yet been able to identify which aircraft was which, as both were G4M1 in terms of structures. The G6M1-L2 I believe to be the one with the fully established tail cone.  Is that correct?

Research from Jonathan Butler




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