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Mineichi Koga (1885-March 31/April, 1944) was a Japanese admiral and successor to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto as commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Combined Fleet. 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy. ...


Born in the Saga prefecture, Koga entered the Japanese Naval Academy graduating in 1906. After further attendance at the Naval Staff College, Koga would shore staff posts following his graduation in 1915. In 1920, seeing no action during World War I, Koga would became a resident officer in France only two years following the war. Promoted to Captain in 1926, Koga would serve as a naval attache in Paris until 1928. A reconstruction of a Yayoi period building at the Yoshinogari site Saga Prefecture (佐賀県; Saga-ken) is located on Kyushu island, Japan. ...


Recalled to Japan in 1930, Koga briefly commanded a cruiser and battleship for a year until his appointment to Rear Admiral in 1932. Named Chief of the Navy General Staff's Intelligence Division in 1933, Koga would eventually become Vice Chief of the Naval General Staff shortly before the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. Combatants National Revolutionary Army, Republic of China Imperial Japanese Army, Empire of Japan Commanders Chiang Kai-shek, Yan Xishan, Feng Yuxiang, Zhu De, He Yingqin Tojo Hideki, Matsui Iwane, Minami Jiro, Kesago Nakajima, Toshizo Nishio, Neiji Okamura. ...


Commander of the IJN 2nd Fleet in 1939, Koga was placed in command of the China Area Fleet in September 1941 and commanded naval operations during the capture of Hong Kong from December 9-31. Following the death of Japanese naval commander Admiral Yamamoto on April 19, 1943, Koga would succeed Yamamoto as commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the IJN Combined Fleet two days later on April 21 (although sources state early May). December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ...


Hoping to throw American forces on the defensive, Koga sought to lure the American fleet into a major naval engagement. However, the losses of Japan's land and carrier based aircraft based in the Central Pacific would eventually force a Japanese withdrawal from the Marianas and Philippines by the end of the year. With Japanese forces on the run in the spring of 1944, Koga would be killed in a plane crash while overseeing the withdrawal of the Combined Fleet from its Cebu headquarters on March 31, 1944 (although other sources indicate early April). Replaced to Admiral Soemu Toyoda on May 3, Koga was made Admiral of the Fleet posthumously Following his death. Mariana Islands (sometimes called The Marianas; up to the early 20th century sometimes called the Ladrone Islands) are a group of islands made up by the summits of 15 volcanic mountains in the Pacific Ocean. ... Cebu is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Soemu Toyoda (豊田副武 Toyoda Soemu, May 22, 1885 - September 22, 1957) was a Japanese admiral of World War II. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1905 and joined the Imperial Japanese Navy and by 1941 had reached the rank of admiral and was commander of the Kure Naval Station. ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ...


References

  • Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Vol. VI: Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier, 22 July 1942-1 May 1944. Vol. VII: Aleutians, Gilberts, and Marshalls, June 1942-April 1944. Vol. VIII: New Guinea and the Marianas, March 1944-August 1944. Boston, 1950-1958.

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Mineichi Koga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (367 words)
Born in Saga prefecture, Koga entered the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and graduated in 1906.
Commander of the IJN 2nd Fleet in 1939, Koga was placed in command of the China Area Fleet on 1 September 1941 and commanded naval operations during the capture of Hong Kong from 9 December-31 1941.
With Japanese forces on the run in the spring of 1944, Koga was killed when his plane crashed during a typhoon in a flight between Palau and Davao while overseeing the withdrawal of the Combined Fleet from its Cebu headquarters on 31 March 1944.
Mineichi Koga at AllExperts (448 words)
Mineichi Koga (1885-March 31/April, 1944) was a Japanese admiral and successor to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto as commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Combined Fleet.
Commander of the IJN 2nd Fleet in 1939, Koga was placed in command of the China Area Fleet in September 1941 and commanded naval operations during the capture of Hong Kong from December 9-31.
With Japanese forces on the run in the spring of 1944, Koga would be killed in a plane crash while overseeing the withdrawal of the Combined Fleet from its Cebu headquarters on March 31, 1944 (although other sources indicate early April).
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