Sadaaki Akamatsu

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Sadaaki Akamatsu
Sadaaki Akamatsu.jpg
Akamatsu photographed in 1944 or 1945 with the 302 Air Group at Atsugi, Japan
Nickname(s)Matchan or Matsu-chan (meaning a little pine tree) and Temei[1]
Born30 July 1910
Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Died22 February 1980 (aged 79)
Kōchi, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branchNaval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJN)
Years of service1928–1945
RankLieutenant Junior Grade
Battles/warsSecond Sino-Japanese War
Pacific War

Sadaaki Akamatsu (赤松 貞明, Akamatsu Sadaaki, 30 July 1910 – 22 February 1980) was an officer and 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 27 enemy aircraft.

Akamatsu was known as a troublemaker and trickster. Many of his air victories were obtained while drunk. Despite this, his supervisors stood behind him, as did his fellow pilots who frequently defended and covered for him. Henry Sakaida confirmed that Akamatsu flew for more than 8,000 flight hours. At the end of the war, Akamatsu flew the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden fighter.[2]

Akamatsu was credited with shooting down 11 enemy aircraft over China in the Second Sino-Japanese War, including four in a single engagement near Nanchang on 25 February 1938. In the opening months of the Pacific War, he served in the Philippines and Dutch East Indies campaigns. From January 1944 until the end of the war, Akamatsu flew out of Atsugi Air Base, defending Tokyo from Allied air attacks.

After the war, Akamatsu worked as a fish search pilot for the Kōchi Fishery Association and later ran a small cafe in Kōchi. After struggling for years with alcoholism, Akamatsu died of pneumonia on 22 February 1980.[2]



  1. ^ Sakaida 2002, p. 86.
  2. ^ a b Sakaida 2002, pp. 87-88. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "FOOTNOTESakaida200287-88" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).


  • Hata, Ikuhiko; Yasuho Izawa; Don Cyril Gorham (translator) (1989) [1975]. Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-315-6.
  • Sakaida, Henry (2002). Aces of the Rising Sun, 1937–1945. Great Britain: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-618-6.

External links[edit]

  • ^ "Asisbiz aircraft profile of Mitsubishi A6M2-21 Zero Unit: 302nd kokutai Serial: 3D-126 Pilot - Sadaaki Akamatsu. Atsugi airfield, Japan, On 16-17 February 1945; used in combat flight simulator games like Ubisoft 1946, Storm of War and Microsoft CFS including free IL-2 skin downloads, historical photos, wallpaper images". 2013-06-25. Archived from the original on 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  • ^ Laurent, PARRA. "As Japonais - AKAMATSU Sadaaki". Retrieved 2018-05-05.