Takahide Aioi

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Takahide Aioi
Takahide Aioi 1943.jpg
Aioi while with the Ōita Air Group in 1940 or 1941
Born January 4, 1912
Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Died March 6, 1993
Allegiance Empire of Japan; modern Japan
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJN)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Years of service IJN: 1933-1945
JMSDF: -July 1, 1967
Rank IJN: Commander
JMSDF: Admiral
Commands held IJN: Vice commander of the 343rd Air Group
JMSDF: Commander of the Fleet Submarine Force, Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet
Battles/wars Second Sino-Japanese War
Pacific War

Takahide Aioi (相生高秀 Aioi Takahide?, January 4, 1912 - March 6, 1993) was commander of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as well as an ace fighter pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific theater of World War II. In aerial combat over China and the Pacific, he was officially credited with destroying 10 enemy aircraft.

During the Pacific campaign of World War II, Aioi participated in the conquest of the Philippines as a pilot aboard the aircraft carrier Ryūjō. Later, he served as a group leader in the 202 Air Group in the Solomon Islands Campaign. Aioi experienced the Battle of Leyte Gulf aboard the carrier Zuikaku in 1944. He ended the war as executive officer of the 343 Air Group in Japan.

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. 
    Aioi at Hankow, China in 1938 while with the 12th Air Group