List of World War II aces from Japan

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This is a list of fighter aces in World War II from Japan, as officially credited by the Imperial Japanese government. For other countries see List of World War II aces by country. IJN = Imperial Japanese Navy. IJA = Imperial Japanese Army. KIA = killed in action.

A[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Kenichi Abe 10 (five jointly) IJN; survived World War II.[1]
Takahide Aioi 10 IJN; Five of the victories came in the Second Sino-Japan War; survived World War II.[2]
Sadaaki Akamatsu 27 IJN; Eleven of the victories came in the Second Sino-Japan War; survived World War II[3]
Satoru Anabuki 39 IJA; survived World War II[4]
Katsumi Anma (安間 克巳) 27 IJA, KIA 8 April 1942
Yoshitugu Aramaki (荒蒔 義次) 5 IJA
Yoshisuke Arita (有田 義助) 5 IJN
Mitsuzo Asai 7 IJA
Jiro Asano (浅野 二郎) 10 IJA
Tomita Atake (阿武 富太) 10 IJN

B[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Takeo Banno (阪野 隆雄) 10 IJN, KIA 7 October 1943
Kisaji Beppu 5 IJA

C[edit]

E[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Yuichi Ema (江馬 友一) 6 IJN, KIA 29 October 1944
Masuaki Endo (遠藤 桝秋) 14 IJN, KIA 7 June 1943
Sachio Endo (遠藤 幸男) 8 IJN, KIA 14 January 1945
Toyoki Eto (江藤 豊樹) 10 IJA

F[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Iyozo Fujita (藤田怡与蔵) 11 IJN
Kihei Fujiwara (藤原 喜平) 5 IJN
Sumio Fukuda (福田 澄夫) 11 IJN, KIA 24 October 1944
Yoshio Fukui 9 IJN
Shigeo Fukumoto (福本 繁夫) 72 IJN
Yonesuke Fukuyama 7 IJA
Goro Furugori (古郡 吾郎) 25 + IJA, KIA 3 November 1944
Haruyoshi Furukawa (古河 春義) 5 + IJA

G[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Hiroshi Gomi 7 IJA
Kurakazu Goto 8 IJN, KIA 9 September 1943

H[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Matsuo Hagiri (羽切 松雄) 13 IJN
Tomio Hanada (花田 富男) 25 IJA
Watari Handa 7 IJN
Iwataro Hazawa (羽沢 岩太郎) 15 IJA, KIA 14 January 1945
Kaname Harada (原田要)[5] 9 IJN
Kichigoro Haraguchi (原口 吉五郎) 24 IJA
Yoshiro Hashiguchi (橋口 嘉郎) 10 IJN, KIA 25 October 1944
Kazuo Hattori (服部 一夫) 10 IJN, KIA 10 March 1944
Sakuji Hayashi (林 作次) 6 IJN, KIA 28 May 1945
Takeomi Hayashi (林 武臣) 7 IJA
Yoshishige Hayashi (林 喜重) 5 IJN, KIA 21 April 1945
Nobuji Negishi (根岸 延次) 6 IJA
Hatsuo Hidaka 6 IJN
Yoshimi Hidaka (日高 義巳) 20 IJN
Ichiro Higashiyama (東山 市郎) 9 IJN
Yohei Hinoki (ja:檜與平) 12 IJA
Tomio Hirohata (広畑 富男) 14 IJA, 22 April 1945
Yoshio Hirose (広瀬 吉雄) 7 IJA, 22 December 1944
Minoru Honda (本田 稔) 17 IJN
Toshiaki Honda (本田 敏秋) 5 + IJN, 13 May 1942
Mitsuo Hori (堀 光雄) 11 IJN
Isamu Hosono (細野 勇) 26 IJA, 6 October 1943

I[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Chuichi Ichikawa (市川 忠一) 10 + IJA
Matao Ichioka (市岡 又夫) 11 IJN
Fusata Iida (飯田 房太) 7 IJN
Masao Iizuka (飯塚 雅夫) 8 IJN
Shigeo Iizuka ?
Tomesaku Igarashi (五十嵐 留作) 16 IJA
Fumisuke Ikuno (生野 文介) 6 IJA
Hideaki Inayama (稲山 英明) 5 + IJA
Misao Inoue (井上 操) 16 IJA
Teigo Ishida ? (石田 真吾) 9 IJN
Susumu Ishihara (石原 進) 16 IJN
Shizuo Ishii (石井 静夫) 29 IJN
Isamu Ishii (石井 勇) 10 IJN
Seiji Ishikawa (石川 清治) 5 IJN
Tadashi Ishikawa (石川 正) 5 IJA
Kanshi Ishikawa (石川 寛志) 19 IJA
Chitoshi Isozaki 12 IJA
Kiyoshi Ito (伊藤 清) 17 IJN
Fujitaro Ito (伊藤 藤太郎) 13 + IJA
Naoyuki Ito (伊藤 直之) 8 IJA
Susumu Ito 5 IJN
Tsutomu Iwai (岩井 勉) 11 IJN
Yoshio Iwaki (岩城 芳雄) 8 IJN
Tetsuzo Iwamoto 80 + IJN
Hideo Izumi (和泉 秀雄) 9 IJN

J[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Ryotaro Jobo (ja:上坊良太郎) 30

K[edit]

  • Susumu Kajinami (KIA 7/08/44)
  • Enji Kakimoto
  • Morichiki Kamae
  • Teizo Kamemaru
  • Keishu Kamihara
  • Sumi Kamito (KIA 4?02/45)
  • Moritsugu Kanai
  • Teizo Kanamaru
  • Takeo Kanamaru (KIA 29/11/44)
  • Nobuo Kanazawa
  • Masao Kanbara
  • Saiji Kanda
  • Masashi Kaneko
  • Tadashi Kaneko
  • Naoshi Kanno (ja:菅野直)
  • Tomkazu Kasai
  • Isamu Kashiide (ja:樫出勇)
  • Shirotaro Kashima
  • Kanichi Kashimura
  • Katsue Kato
  • Kenji Kato
  • Kunimichi Kato
  • Tateo Katō (加藤建夫)
  • Kiyomi Katsuki
  • Kosuke Kawahara
  • Akira Kawakita
  • Koki Kawamoto
  • Masajiro Kawamoto
  • Masajiro Kawato
  • Tetsuo Kikuchi
  • Takaji Kimura
  • Sadamitsu Kimura
  • Katsuaki Kira
  • Saburo Kitahata
  • Teruhiko Kobayashi
  • Hohei Kobayashi
  • Yoshinao Kodaira
  • Sada Koga
  • Kiyoto Koga
  • Fujikazu Koizumi
  • Shizuo Kojima
  • Takeichi Kokubun (KIA 28/06/44)
  • Sadamu Komachi
  • Masaichi Kondō
  • Kensui Kono
  • Kotaro Koyae
  • Osamu Kudō
  • Shigetoshi Kudo
  • Juzo Kuramoto
  • Shiro Kuratori
  • Yasuhiko Kuroe (ja:黒江保彦)
  • Toshio Kuroiwa
  • Tameyoshi Kuroki
  • Seiichi Kurosawa (KIA 9/06/45)
  • Yoshiro Kuwabara

M[edit]

  • Hideo Maeda
  • Koichi Magara
  • Akio Matsuba
  • Jiro Matsuda
  • Masao Masuyama
  • Morio Matsui (KIA 18/05/44)
  • Susumu Matsuki
  • Momoto Matsumura
  • Hidenori Matsunaga
  • Eitoku Matsunaga
  • Hidenori Matsunaga (KIA 23/4/45)
  • Kagemitsu Matsuo
  • Toshio Matsuura
  • Yoshimi Minami
  • Yoshijiro Minegishi
  • Masoa Miyamaru
  • Goro Miyamoto
  • Zenjiro Miyano
  • Masahiro Mitsuda
  • Kazunori Miyabe
  • Hideo Miyabe
  • Isamu Miyazaki (KIA 4/09/44)
  • Gitaro Miyazaki
  • Isamu Mochizuki
  • Mitsugu Mori
  • Hideo Morinio
  • Yutaka Morioka (KIA 25/12/44)
  • Toyoo Moriura
  • Noboru Mune (KIA 13/04/45)
  • Kazuo Muranaka
  • Kaneyoshi "Kinsuke" Muto (ja:武藤金義)

N[edit]

  • Kiichi Nagano
  • Yoshimitsu Naka (KIA 419/08/44)
  • Yoshihiko Nakada
  • Kenji Nakagawa
  • Tadashi Nakajima (75)
  • Bunkichi Nakajima
  • Kunimori Nakakariya
  • Wataru Nakamichi
  • Saburo Nakamura (KIA 3/02/44)
  • Yoshio Nakamura
  • Matsumi Nakano
  • Katsujiro Nakano
  • Tomoji Nakano
  • Masayuki Nakase (KIA 1/01/45)
  • Yoshiichi Nakaya
  • Shigeru Nakazaki
  • Kiyoshi Namai
  • Mochifumi Nangō
  • Shigeo Nango
  • Yashiro Nashiguchi
  • Nobuji Negishi (KIA 22/04/45)
  • ? Nishikyo
  • Hannoshin Nishio
  • Shigetsune Nishioka
  • Masaharu Nishiwaki (KIA 8/12/44)
  • Hiroyoshi Nishizawa (西沢広義) (103)
  • Yoshinori Noguchi
  • Takeshi Noguchi
  • Akiyoshi Nomura

O[edit]

R[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Shinobu RERADA

S[edit]

  • Shogo Saito (KIA 21/09/44)
  • Chiyoshi Saito
  • Saburo Saito
  • Toshio Sakagawa
  • Saburo Sakai (ja:坂井三郎)
  • Iori Sakai
  • Takao Sakano
  • Junichi Sasai (ja:笹井醇一)
  • Tomokazu Sasai
  • Yoshiichi Sasaki
  • Isamu Sasaki
  • Masao Sasakibara
  • Hitoshi Sato
  • Gonnoshin Sato (KIA 11/04/45)
  • Mitsugu Sawada
  • Eiji Seino
  • Hiroshi Sekiguchi
  • Kiyoshi Sekiya (KIA 9/07/44)
  • Hiroshi Shibagaki
  • Rikio (Rikia) Shibata
  • Sekizen Shibayama
  • Shigeru Shibukawa
  • Yoshio Shiga
  • Masami Shiga
  • Yasuhiro Shigematsu
  • Katsuma Shigemi
  • Kenji Shimada
  • Masaaki Shimakawa
  • Kiyoshi Shimizu (KIA 26/01/45)
  • Kazuo Shimizu
  • Takeshi Shimizu
  • Yukio Shimokawa
  • Hiromichi Shinohara (ja:篠原弘道)
  • Toshio Shiozura
  • Yoshijiro Shirahama
  • Nagao Shirai
  • Toshihisa Shirakawa
  • Ayao Shirane
  • Naoharu Shiromoto
  • Hironojo Shishimoto
  • Tadashi Shono
  • Tokuya Sudo
  • Toshiyuki Sueda
  • Kazuo Sugino (ja:杉野計雄)
  • Shigeo Sugio
  • Shoichi Sugita (ja:杉田庄一)
  • Teruo Sugiyama
  • Motonari Suho
  • Tadao Sumi
  • Goichi Sumino
  • Minoru Suzuki
  • Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Kiyonobu Suzuki

T[edit]

  • Shigeru Takahashi
  • Kenichi Takahashi
  • Katsutaro Takahashi
  • Takeo Takahashi
  • Kaoru Takaiwa
  • Keiji Takamiya (KIA 5/08/44)
  • Toraichi Takatsuka
  • Shogo Takeuchi
  • Hiroshi Takiguchi (KIA 8/09/44)
  • Kuniyoshi Tanaka
  • Minpo Tanaka
  • Jiro Tanaka
  • Shinsaku Tanaka
  • Masao Taniguchi
  • Takeo Tanimizu (谷水竹雄)
  • Mitsuyoshi Tarui(KIA 6/02/45)
  • Tadao Tashiro
  • Nobuo Tokushige
  • Yoshihisa Tokuji
  • Kosuke Tsubone
  • Ko Tsuchiya
  • Kazuo Tsunoda

U[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Minoru UCHIDA 10
Sadao UEHARA 13
Kazushi 'Popo' UTO (ja:羽藤一志) 19 KIA 13 September 1942

W[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Yoshio WAJIMA 11 KIA 23 February 1944
Yukiyoshi WAKAMATSU (ja:若松幸禧) 20 KIA 18 December 1944
Hideo WATANABE 16
WATANABE 6

Y[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Bunichi YAMAGUCHI 19
Sadao YAMAGUCHI 12 KIA 4 July 1944
Fumikazu YAMAGUSHI 19
Akira Yamamoto 12 KIA 24 November 1944
Ichirō Yamamoto 11 KIA 19 January 1944
Tomezo YAMAMOTO 11 KIA 24 June 1944
Tadao YAMANAKA 9
Koshiro YAMASHITA
Sahei YAMASHITA 13 KIA 9 February 1943
Mitsuo YAMATO 8
Ichirobei YAMAZAKI 14 KIA 4 July 1943
Kenji YANAGIYA 8
Shigeru YANO 8 KIA 17 April 1942
Kozaburo YASUI 11 KIA 19 June 1944
Tamotsu YOKOYAMA (横山保) 5
Shokichi YONEKAWA
Tadayoshi YONEKAWA 6 KIFA
Katsuyoshi YOSHIDA 10
Mototsuna YOSHIDA 14 KIA 7 August 1942
Yoshio Yoshida 7
Hiroji YOSHIHARA 8
Keisaku YOSHIMURA 10 KIA 25 October 1942
Satoshi YOSHINO 15 KIA 9 June 1942
Yoshitaro YOSHIOKA 6
Tokushige YOSHIZAWA 9 KIA 6 January 1945
Yoshito YASUDA
Kozaburo YASUI

Abbreviations[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hata, p. 331
  2. ^ Hata, p. 339
  3. ^ Hata, p. 252; Sakaida, pp. 176–178.
  4. ^ Sakaida, pp. 34–35.
  5. ^ Kakesako, Gregg, K., "Zero Ace Recalls Missions Over Midway, Pearl Harbor", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 5, 2010.

References[edit]

  • Hata, Ikuhiko; Yasuho Izawa, Don Cyril Gorham (translator) (1975 (original) 1989 (translation)). Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-315-6.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Sakaida, Henry (2002). Aces of the Rising Sun, 1937–1945. Great Britain: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-618-6. 
  • King, Dan (2012). The Last Zero Fighter, Firsthand Accounts from WWII Japanese Fighter Pilots. California: Pacific Press. ISBN 978-1468178807.