INOGUCHI, Rikihei, Captain, I.J.N.
INOGUCHI was an officer of 23 years service, and although not himself an aviator, he spent the last year and a half of the war in aviation activities. In August 1944 he became Chief of Staff of the First Air Fleet in the PHILIPPINES, the unit which first employed organized suicide tactics. INOGUCHI was a difficult witness, attempting continually to take charge of the interview and to return to the discussion of his favorite subject, the philosophy of Kamikaze. His testimony, although of limited interest, was considered credible. Gunnery Aviation Commanding Officer, 153rd Air Corps NEW GUINEA February 1944-June 1944 Senior Staff Officer, 23rd Air Squadron CELEBES July 1944-August 1944 Chief of Staff, 1st6 Air Fleet PHILIPPINES FORMOSA August 1944-March 1945"
Excerpt from the United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Biographies of Interrogated Japanese Officials