Japanese heavy bomber killers in WW2

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All the lists present the following data:
Name and (when known) first name are presented with arbitrary choice for the spelling (russian, german, arab names...).
RANK of the pilot: see the rank page for the meaning of the abbreviations and the equivalence.
According to the pages, COUNTRY, NATION for the nationality or ethnic origin, AIR_SERVICE for the air arm, are provided.
The number of victories represents usually the total of kills (individual plus shared). The shared kills are indicated when known under the form [indiv+shared]. The official score is indicated when different from the total (American and British scores of ww2 for example).
Authors of the SOURCES column are given; report to the bibliography page to find the books, articles, web pages in alphabetical order. The OTHER_SOURCES column presents the divergent scores with sometimes the author of the source.
The DETAIL column shows occasionally the type of kill, balloons, V-1s, ground kills, unconfirmed kills...
The NOTE column exposes different commentaries and for lack of space, abbreviations are used: report to the abbreviation page for their meaning.

Updated: 08/11/2007

Rank First Name Name Heavies Total Ww2 Sources Country Units Death Note
MSgt Fujitaro ITO 13 13 J.Quinn et al Japan 5 Sentai Ki-45 pilot, 1944.
Nagao SHIRAI 11 13 Japan 244 Sentai
Maj Teruhiko (Akihiko) KOBAYASHI 10 14 Japan 244 Sentai Ki-61 ace, def.of Tokyo, 1944-45.
Capt Chuichi ICHIKAWA 9 10 Japan 78 & 244 Sentai
Lt Yukio (Sachio) ENDO 8 8 I.Hata-Y.Izawa Japan 302 Ku 14/01/1945 Night fighter ace.
Sadamitsu KIMURA 8 8 Japan 4 Sentai 10/07/1945 B-29 killer ace.
Ens Shigetoshi KUDO 8 9 I.Hata-Y.Izawa Japan 251 Kokutai J1N1 night fighter ace.
Capt Isamu KASHIIDE 7 7 J.Quinn et al Japan 4 Sentai Ki-45 ace and 4-engine killer.
subLt Makoto OGAWA 7 9 M. Ledet Japan 70 Sentai Ki-44 B-29-killer ace, 1944-45.
Yuzo KURAMOTO 6 6 Japan Yokosuka Ku Gekko, B-29 killer, 1945.
Ltjg Shiro KUROTORI 6 6 H. Sakaida Japan Yokosuka Ku Gekko night fighter ace.
Sgt Nobuji NEGISHI 6 6 J.Quinn et al Japan 244 Sentai; 18 & 53 Sentai Night fighter Ki-45 ace.
Cne Chuwa Nakakazu OZAKI 6 19 Japan 33 & 25 Sentai 27/12/1943
WO Isamu SASAKI 6 38 H. Sakaida Japan 50 Sentai Burma.
WO Bunichi YAMAGUCHI 6 19 Japan 204 Sentai
Capt Yoshio YOSHIDA 6 7 M. Ledet Japan 3 Chutai; 70 Sentai Ki-44 B-29-killer ace.
subLt Hannoshin NISHIO 5 5 Japan B-29 hunter ace.
Ltjg Satoru ONO 5 5 I.Hata-Y.Izawa Japan
WO Tadao SUMI 5 6 Japan 244 Sentai B-29 killer ace.
Ens Kaneyoshi MUTO 4 23 I.Hata-Y.Izawa Japan 3; Genzan; 252; Yokosuka & 343 Ku 24/09/1945 A5M ace, China, 1937.
Table: Japanese heavy bomber killers in WW2

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