Masatake Okumiya (奥宮 正武 Okumiya Masatake, July 27, 1909 – February 22, 2007) was an historian and lieutenant general in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
Okumiya graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and served as a naval aviator in the Imperial Japanese Navy. In 1937, he participated in the attack on the USS Panay. Okumiya served throughout World War II, including on the aircraft carrier Ryūjō and with the 2nd Air Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy, finishing the war as a Commander. At the end of the war, Okumiya was interrogated by Allied intelligence officers.
Following the occupation of Japan, he continued serving in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
Okumiya wrote extensively on Japan's role in World War II. He co-wrote with Mitsuo Fuchida Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan; the Japanese Navy's Story, published 1955. He also co-wrote, with Jiro Horikoshi and Martin Caidin, an historical account of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, titled Zero! The book was published in 1956.
- ^ Obituary #1 (Japanese)
- ^ Obituary #2 (Japanese)
- ^ Peter B. Mersky. From the Flight Deck: An Anthology of the Best Writing on Carrier Warfare. Brassey's, 2003. ISBN 1-57488-433-6. Page 94
- ^ Transcripts of Okumiya interrogation documents. World War II Database