Imperial Japanese Navy Lieutenant Takashi Kaneda.
He began his Naval Air Service career as a reconnaissance pilot during the early Pacific War, in 1942.
In 1944, he was assigned to operate the new special Submarine-launched dive-bomber, the Aichi M6A Seiran.
He and his Seiran were assigned to I-400, a 4,500 ton aircraft carrying submarine. With his new assignment, Kaneda’s new objective was to participate in a surprise air strike on the Panama Canal.
This mission was assigned to the 1st Submarine Flotilla, which was comprised of two submarines, the I-400, and the flagship, I-401, each carrying three Seirans. Lieutenant Kaneda was onboard I-400.
The flotilla departed Japan on July 23rd, 1945, and proceeded towards Ulithi. All was going according to schedule, however, on August 15th, the flagship I-401 received a radio message from headquarters, informing them of Japan’s surrender. They were ordered to return to the nearest port in Japan, ending the flotilla’s first and only mission, and preventing the Seiran from ever entering combat.
Lieutenant Kaneda later explained that the day he learned of the surrender was the worst day of his life.
After the war, he enlisted in the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).On a personal note, this is the most miserable, “idgaf” guy I’ve ever seen.