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The 5 leading aces of the famous Tainan Kōkūtai, which includes the famous ‘Cleanup Trio’ (Sakai, Ōta & Nishizawa). Only Saburō would survive the war out of the 5 pictured here….Top Row From Left- Tora-Ichi Takatsuka, Junichi Sasai, Saburō SakaiFront row From left- Toshio Ōta, Hiroyoshi NishizawaOne of my favorite Japanese photos of WW2,

Top Row From Left- Tora-Ichi Takatsuka, Junichi Sasai, Saburō Sakai Front row From left- Toshio Ōta, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa

USMC Captain Joe Foss, more air-combat victories in World War II than any pilot. USD Class of 1940. Oh, and he won the Medal of Honor!

USMC Captain Joe Foss, more air-combat victories in World War II than any pilot. USD Class of Oh, and he won the Medal of Honor!

✠ Hans Philipp had claimed 206 enemy aircraft shot down, 178 on the Eastern front, 29 against the Western Allies. He flew over 500 sorties.Philipp was shot down and killed 8 October 1943.Philipp had infact managed to bail out but his parachute failed to open.

✠ Hans Philipp had claimed 206 enemy aircraft shot down, 178 on the Eastern front, 29 against the Western Allies. He flew over 500 sorties.Philipp was shot down and killed 8 October had infact managed to bail out but his parachute failed to open.

Saburo Sakai and Hiroyoshi Nishizawa in Rabaul island, together they destroyed more than 150 allied planes!!!

Saburo Sakai and Hiroyoshi Nishizawa in Rabaul island, together they destroyed more than 150 allied planes!

Saburo Sakai - WWII Japanese Flyingg Ace - Original Vintage Photograph

Saburo Sakai - WWII Japanese Flyingg Ace - Original Vintage Photograph

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Steinhoff was one of very few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly operationally through the whole of the war period 1939–45. He was also one of the highest-scoring pilots with 176 victories, and one of the first to fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter in combat as a member of the famous aces squadron Jagdverband 44 led by Adolf Galland.

Steinhoff was one of very few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly operationally…

Fighter pilot the Japanese Imperial Navy Yoshio Nakamura. It is known that Nakamura was able to survive to the end of hostilities in the Pacific and had on my battle account nine aerial victories - Pin it by GUSTAVO BUESO-JACQUIER

Fighter pilot the Japanese Imperial Navy Yoshio Nakamura. It is known that Nakamura was able to survive to the end of hostilities in the Pacific and had on my battle account nine aerial victories - Pin it by GUSTAVO BUESO-JACQUIER

32 kills ace Takeo Tanimizu in shokaku carrier, february 1943, Tanimizu's first conbat experience was on 2 November, when he shot down two P-38s during an intercept battle

32 kills ace Takeo Tanimizu in shokaku carrier, february Tanimizu's first conbat experience was on 2 November, when he shot down two during an intercept battle

This is a picture of the greatest Japanese Fighter Squadron in WWII.  While stationed on Rabaul - Tainan Kokutai - Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Ota, Saburo Sakai (seated to the right of Ota)

This is a picture of the greatest Japanese Fighter Squadron in WWII. While stationed on Rabaul - Tainan Kokutai - Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Ota, Saburo Sakai (seated to the right of Ota)

Hiroyoshi Nishizawa at Lae, New Guinea, in 1942. Usually considered the top Japanese ace, Navy or Army. A definitive total will probably never be determined. Nishizawa died while flying as a passenger in a transport headed for the Philippines in October 1944 -Pin it by GUSTAVO BUESO-JACQUIER

Time of the Aces: Marine Pilots in the Solomons, (Marines in World War II Commemorative Series)

柳谷 謙治 海軍パイロット 1919年3月-2008年2月 うはかっこいいー

Kenji Yanagiya, one of the Yamamoto's fighter escort pilots.

japanese navy pilot junichi sasai,in 1942 he destroyed two P-39s in twenty seconds - Pin it by GUSTAVO BUESO-JACQUIER

japanese navy pilot Junichi Sasai in 1942 he destroyed two in twenty seconds - And in total he destroyed 74 americans air planes in - Pin it by Gustavo Bueso-Jacquier

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