Biplane fighter aces


NAP 1/C H. Ichikawa

In February 1942 Ichikawa served on the seaplane tender Sagara Maru flying the Mitsubishi F1M2 ‘Pete’ biplane scout.
On 1 February 1942 he encountered two flyingboats near the Anambas Island, east of Malaysia, which he at once attacked. After a combat lasting 25 minutes, during which he made three attacking passes, in which his rear gunner also participated, all ammunition was exhausted. One of the flyingboats was seen leaving a substantial trail of leaking oil, and he claimed it as a probable.
Ichikawa ended the war with 1 probable biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  01/02/42 1 Enemy flyingboat Probable F1M2   Anambas Islands Sagara Maru

Biplane victories: 1 probable destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 probable destroyed.

Bloody Shambles Volume Two - Christopher Shores and Brian Cull with Yasuho Izawa, 1993 Grub Street, London, ISBN 0-948817-67-4
Alexander Crawford has been most helpful, while compiling this information.