Biplane fighter aces


N/A 1/C Takeuchi

In December 1941 Takeuchi served on the seaplane tender Kamikawa Maru flying the Mitsubishi F1M2 ‘Pete’ biplane scout.
On 20 December 1941 Japanese invasion forces were operating on the northern part of Borneo. Around midday six Dutch Glenn Martins of 2-VIG-I escorted by two Brewster Buffaloes attacked Japanese shipping off Miri. The bomber crews claimed a hit on a cruiser but in fact all the bombs missed. F1M2s intercepted and Takeuchi in ZI-16 claimed one Glenn Martin. The escorting Buffaloes also claimed one of the attackers shot down although Takeuchi’s aircraft was only slightly damaged. On returning to base, both Buffaloes carried out force-landings.
Takeuchi ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 20/12/41 1 Glenn Martin (a) Destroyed F1M2 ZI-16 off Miri, Borneo Kamikawa Maru

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in combat with Glenn Martins of 2-VIG-I.

Bloody Shambles Volume One - Christopher Shores and Brian Cull with Yasuho Izawa, 1992 Grub Street, London, ISBN 0-948817-50-X
Alexander Crawford has been most helpful, while compiling this information.