Biplane fighter aces


Sergeant Major Akira Ishikawa

- 4 September 1939

Ishikawa graduated from the first Army Juvenile Flying School (Sho-1).

In September 1938 Ishikawa belonged to the newly-formed 33rd Sentai.

During the Nomonhan Incident the Sentai was dispatched from its base at Xingshu to the Manchurian/Mongolian border as reinforcement on 27 August 1939, although still equipped with the old Kawasaki Ki-10 (Type 95).

On 4 September seven of 33rd Sentais Ki-10s led by Captain Takeo Kawada, encountered a reported 20-30 Soviet aircraft at a height of 5,000 metres. Kawada had been personally forbidden to engage, but Second Lieutenant Tadashi Harada (NCO54) and Sergeant Major Ishikawa (Sho-1) charged in, followed by the rest of the formation.
Nine and three probables were claimed, including three by Ishikawa personally, although he force-landed after suffering severe wounds, from which he died next day. Harada and Sergeant Major Seizo Hiraki (NCO66) were also killed.
On this date, the Sentai’s 3rd chutai was also engaged in combat claiming 13 victories and 13 probables.
It is possible that they had been in combat with I-16s from 22 IAP and 70 IAP since Egor Ankudinov (70 IAP) claimed a single Ki-10 (reported as a ”I-95”) and two more as shared together with 15 other pilots (including Kapitan Andrey Dekhtyarenko from 22 IAP) at “Square 787” while Grigory Boychenko (Polikarpov biplane) claimed a Ki-10 over the mouth of the Numurgin-Gol River.
Mikhail Abzianidze (22 IAP) claimed a Ki-27 during the day while Vasily Smirnov claimed a Ki-10 over “Square 787”.

At the time of his death Ishikawa was credited with 3 biplane victories.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 04/09/39   1 Enemy fighter Destroyed Ki-10   Nomonhan 33rd Sentai
2 04/09/39   1 Enemy fighter Destroyed Ki-10   Nomonhan 33rd Sentai
3 04/09/39   1 Enemy fighter Destroyed Ki-10   Nomonhan 33rd Sentai

Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 destroyed.

All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Japanese Army Air Force fighter units and their aces 1931-1945 - Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa and Christopher Shores, 2002 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-89-6

Last modified 27 November 2018