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Old 30th July 2014, 15:04
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Ltn. Saburo Shindo

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I'm looking for any details about Saburo Shindo, his career, fate, scores after Pearl Harbour period.
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Old 1st August 2014, 15:49
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Re: Ltn. Saburo Shindo

Maybe this book is good starting point (if You don´t have it already):

Imperial Japanese Navy Aces 1937 - 1945 by Henry Sakaida (Osprey 1998).

If You are interested also of his exploits in Sino-Japanese war, You can check Håkans Aviation Page: http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/sino-japanese.htm
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Old 1st August 2014, 22:37
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Re: Ltn. Saburo Shindo

I have this book but there is nothing in it about Shindo.
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Re: Ltn. Saburo Shindo

-from Japanese Naval Aces & Fighter Units in WWII (Hata & Izawa)

12th Air Group (LT)
- 13 Sep 1940, 13 Zeros under the command of Lt Saburo Shindo – based in Central China – caught “over thirty enemy aircraft and shot down twenty-seven of the thirty for a brilliant combat debut”. Shindo flying as the head of the 2st Shotai of the 1st Chutai of the 12th Air Group – claims 1 victory.

AKAGI Fighter Group
- AKAGI Divisional Officer Apr-Dec 1941
- On 7 Dec 1941, led the 2nd wave of nine Akagi Zeros escorting 18 Aichi Type-99 dive bombers. No aerial opposition was encountered, and the Zeros strafed Hickam Field, setting two aircraft on fire. All aircraft returned safely to Akagi.

2nd Air Group (582) Fighter Squadron
- Unit operating in New Guinea, but also supported operations over Guadalcanal.
- Jan/Feb 1943 – “The group’s entire strength was used in supporting the evacuation from Guadalcanal referred to as the “Ke”-go operation. In particular, during the sea battle off Isabel Island on 1 February, twenty-one Zero fighters (commander, LT Saburo Shindo) provided direct support to fifteen carrier bombers and perform in a daring fashion; however, five carrier bombers and two fighters were lost.”

- Group Leader with Air Group 204 Jul-Sep 1943 (LCDR)
- 10 Dec 1943, 2nd Carrier Division Air Group – including the light carrier Ryuho and its Air Group – departs Singapore for Truk. The unit (Ryuho Fighter Group?) departs for Kavieng and is there between 27 Dec 1943 to 9 Jan 1944, under the command of LCDR Saburo Shindo. The unit is involved in air action against raiding US carrier based aircraft on 1 and 4 January 1944.

He’s not listed in the appendices with the other aces, so it’s likely he didn’t accumulate 8 victories (the list ends at aces with 8 or more). He is also not listed within the list of “Key Fighter Pilots” killed in action. Other internet sources indicate that he survived the war and passed away in 2000(?).

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