Biplane fighter aces


Sergeant Major Matsui

Sergeant Major Matsui 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 Yohei Machiba. Sergeant Major Matsui claimed two more I-15s while Warrant Officer Umekawa claimed a forth I-15.

Matsui ended the war with 2 biplane victories.

Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 11/03/38 1 I-15 Destroyed Ki-10   Sian area 2nd Daitai
2 11/03/38 1 I-15 Destroyed Ki-10   Sian area 2nd Daitai

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 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.

Last modified 17 June 2003