I would find that of extreme historical value and it would surely demonstrate the validity of your argument.
...you missed the post stating that I'm holding Raven to his own standards. You know, the ones where he requires all those things of others which you assert of me regarding my little ditty about Takanami at Tassafaronga. Yet, somehow, as with his claim about the machine-gunning of Dorsetshire 's survivors we have nothing from Raven to substantiate his claim...and what little he claimed all resided in English. How tough could it have been to do so ? Given your training and experience, I'm a little surprised you haven't been able to bring yourself to challenge an obviously unsubstantiated assertion. Then again, any defense of Raven would require ignoring his statements.
Oh, yeah, about those Japanese (at least wrt Takanami and Oyashio ) we're talking about officers--junior officers, of course, but officers just the same--who were fluent in English, and that would be from their 'Academy' days if not before.* The narrative mirrored the official reports from the war; the other Japanese were as scrupulous and concerned with the story since they wanted their story rendered for posterity...the Japanese I met and interviewed were very diligent and thoughtful about that. Frankly, I would have thought your prior training would have exposed you to such attitudes.
As for the Japanese language, I've been fortunate to have a number of first class translators who understood--in all senses of the word--the pre-1945 Japanese language. Of course, I'd have to step in on some of the more technical aspects such as the difference between the Type 0 Reconnaissance Seaplane ( Jake ) and the Type 0 Observation Seaplane ( Pete ), or an altimeter, or a goniometer...but the bottom line is that--yes--we covered every angle we could and checked it thoroughly so--yep--I can tell you precisely what happened, to the best of our ability to discern it. But what you won't see on my part are unsubstantiated assertions unsupported by the record 'cause that's not how I work. And I'm more than happy to say so. That's the difference between Raven's rants and mine. I've yet to hear Raven justify his nonsense about the Dorsetshire , to take but one example.
As for my English, I had to really dig to get to the facts regarding the abandonment of New Orleans --yes, you read that right, of New Orleans . And since I was able to get virtually the entire bridge watch (except, most sadly, not XO Cmdr. Riggs--who died a few months before I 'found' him [in '85, IIRC]; he made his way up from BatII after the torpedoing) I've got what is almost certainly the complete dope on Stoney Roper. Of course, The NO Boat wasn't abandoned but therein lies the tale...
Incidentally, had you bothered to avail yourself of the discussion concerning Dorsetshire you'd have noticed that I--and others--refuted Raven's assertion and he...well, he just disappeared the second he was challenged. I guess he didn't figure it was incumbent on him to justify his comment. And it wouldn't be the first time either. OTOH, I--again, and others--cited more than a few sources to call Raven out.
In case you missed it, it starts here: http://members.boardhost.com/Warship/msg/1531163697.html
* - As a side note this was also something encountered on Guadalcanal by the Old Marine where he encountered Japanese Army officers well versed in English; the solution to that little detail was ' comenzar hablando solamente en espaņol '. That fixed 'em.