Michiaki Kamada

Last updated

Michiaki Kamada
Michiaki Kamada.jpg
BornJanuary 15, 1890
Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Died18 October 1947(1947-10-18) (aged 57) [1]
Pontianak, Dutch East Indies
AllegianceMerchant flag of Japan (1870).svg  Empire of Japan
Service/branchNaval ensign of the Empire of Japan.svg  Imperial Japanese Navy
Years of service1911-1945
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held 22nd Naval Special Base Force
Battles/wars World War II:
New Guinea Campaign
Borneo Campaign

Michiaki Kamada (鎌田 道章, Kamada Michiaki, 15 January 1890 18 October 1947) (surname often written as Kamata) was a vice-admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy and saw service in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Contents

Biography

Kamada was a native of Ehime prefecture in Shikoku island, Japan. He graduated from the 39th class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1911, ranked 95th out of a class of 148. His classmates included future admirals Takeo Takagi, Chuichi Hara, Shigeyoshi Miwa, and Sadamichi Kajioka. He served his midshipman duty on the cruisers Aso and Iwate, and as a sub-lieutenant on the battleship Shikishima, cruiser Izumo, battlecruiser Tsukuba and destroyer Katsura. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1918, serving first on the battleship Mutsu before being assigned to the survey ships Musashi and Yamato. He became chief gunnery officer on the battleship Ise in February 1924. After his promotion to lieutenant commander in December 1924, he served on the cruisers Kiso and Abukuma before receiving his first command — the destroyer Hozu — on 30 November 1929. [2]

After his promotion to commander in December 1930, Kamada served as executive officer on the battleship Hiei from November 1934. He was promoted to captain in November 1935, and became captain of the cruiser Tenryu. He subsequently commanded the cruisers Izumo, Kako, Ashigara and Yubari. Appointed to the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff from October 1940, he was stationed on Japanese-occupied Hainan island.

Sergeant Leonard Siffleet of M Special Unit being beheaded on Kamada's orders on 24 October 1943 LeonardGSiffleet.jpg
Sergeant Leonard Siffleet of M Special Unit being beheaded on Kamada's orders on 24 October 1943

Kamada was promoted to rear admiral on 15 October 1941. He served on the staff and commanded forces of the Japanese 8th Fleet in New Guinea from October 1942-December 1943. On 23 August 1944, Kamada took command of Japanese naval forces, designated the 22nd Naval Special Base Force, based in Balikpapan, Borneo, making him the military governor of Dutch Borneo. Kamada's forces were subsequently involved in the Borneo Campaign of 1945. He was promoted to vice admiral on 1 May 1945.

Surrender and execution

Kamada surrendered his forces to Australian Major General Edward James Milford aboard HMAS Burdekin on 8 September 1945.

After the surrender of Japan, a Dutch military court in Pontianak convicted him of war crimes for the executions of 1,500 west Borneo natives in 1944 and the ill treatment of 2,000 Dutch POWs held on Flores Island. Kamada was sentenced to death and was executed on 18 October 1947.

Related Research Articles

Nobutake Kondō Japanese admiral

Nobutake Kondō, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. As commander of IJN 2nd Fleet, the Navy's principal detached force for independent operations, Kondō was regarded as second in importance only to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

Shōji Nishimura Imperial Japanese Navy admiral

Shōji Nishimura was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Takeo Kurita Japanese admiral

Takeo Kurita was a vice admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Boshirō Hosogaya Japanese admiral

Boshirō Hosogaya was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Hiroaki Abe Imperial Japanese Navy admiral

Hiroaki Abe was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Raizō Tanaka Japanese admiral

Raizō Tanaka was a rear admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during most of World War II. A specialist in the heavy torpedoes that were carried by all the destroyers and cruisers of the IJN, Tanaka mainly commanded destroyer squadrons, with a cruiser or two attached, and he was the primary leader of the "Tokyo Express" reinforcement and resupply shipments during the long campaign for the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific Ocean. In his command capacity, Tanaka faced the surface task forces of the United States Navy and its few New Zealander allies many times, often achieving either a victory over, or a stalemate with, often larger enemy squadrons, mostly in night battles. From the Americans, Tanaka acquired the nickname of "Tenacious Tanaka" for his stalwart opposition.

Masaichi Niimi Japanese admiral

With translated information from the corresponding Japanese Wikipedia article

Masafumi Arima Japanese admiral

Masafumi Arima was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. An experienced aviator, he is sometimes credited with being the first to use the kamikaze attack, although official accounts may have been invented for propaganda purposes. Arima personally led an air attack against United States Navy Task Force 38 in the Formosa Air Battle and was killed in action.

Seiichi Itō Japanese admiral

Seiichi Itō was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy and the flag officer of the task force centered around battleship Yamato on her final mission towards the end of World War II.

Tadashige Daigo Japanese admiral

MarquisTadashige Daigo was a vice admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Ibō Takahashi Japanese admiral

Ibō Takahashi was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Keizō Komura Japanese Navy admiral

Keizō Komura was a Rear Admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Teruhisa Komatsu Japanese admiral

MarquisTeruhisa Komatsu was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.

Tomoshige Samejima Japanese admiral

Vice Admiral Baron Tomoshige Samejima, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Jinichi Kusaka Japanese admiral

Jinichi Kusaka, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Fellow Admiral Ryūnosuke Kusaka was his cousin.

Koshirō Oikawa Japanese admiral

Koshirō Oikawa was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy and Naval Minister during World War II.

Teruo Akiyama, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Shintarō Hashimoto Japanese admiral

Shintarō Hashimoto, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Kaoru Arima Japanese admiral

Kaoru Arima was an admiral and commander in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War II. Early in the war with the United States, Arima commanded the battleship Musashi, one of the largest battleships ever built.

Eiji Gotō admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy

Eiji Gotō, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

References

Notes

  1. Nishida, Hiroshi, Imperial Japanese Navy
  2. Nishidah, Imperial Japanese Navy Archived 27 May 2012 at WebCite