Sergeant Yohei Machiba
Sergeant Yohei Machiba served in the 2nd chutai, 2nd Daitai commanded by Yonesuke Fukuyama, as fighting in China broke out. This unit was equipped with Kawasaki Ki-10s.
On 11 March 1938 13 Ki-10s, led by the new 2nd Daitai commander, Major Tamiya Teranishi, escorted bombers to Sian. Lieutenant Yonesuke Fukuyama’s shotai of three Ki-10s encountered nine Chinese fighters and engaged them in a dogfight at 18,000 ft. Fukuyama engaged the leader (reportedly a Soviet volunteer) for ten minutes before finally shooting him down with eight bursts at 2,000 ft (according to some sources the enemy aircraft was a Gladiator). He then shared an I-15 with Sergeant Machiba. Sergeant Major Matsui claimed two more I-15s while Warrant Officer Umekawa claimed a forth I-15.
Machiba ended the war with 1 shared biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|11/03/38||½||I-15||Shared destroyed||Ki-10||Sian area||2nd Daitai|
Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 shared destroyed.
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
Additional information kindly provided by Nick Millman.