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Yoshinao Kodaira
Born 1918
Died 2008
Place of birth Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Allegiance Japan
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJN)
Years of service 1935-?
Battles/wars World War II:
Second Sino-Japanese War
Battle of the Coral Sea
Guadalcanal Campaign
Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Battle of the Philippine Sea
Battle of Leyte Gulf
Battle of Leyte
Other work Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Yoshinao Kodaira (小平 好直 Kodaira Yoshinao?, 1918–2008) was an officer and ace fighter pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Participating in many of the Pacific War battles and campaigns as a member of several units, including the fighter units of the aircraft carriers Shōkaku and Chiyoda, Kodaira was officially credited with destroying 13 enemy aircraft. After the war, he served with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. In 2008, Tsubasa-kai ("Wings Association"), the veterans' organization of the JASDF, reported his death on its website.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Hata, Ikuhiko; Yasuho Izawa, Don Cyril Gorham (translator) (1975 (original) 1989 (translation)). Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-315-6. 
  • Sakaida, Henry (2002). Aces of the Rising Sun, 1937–1945. Great Britain: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-618-6. 

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