|Pilot PO3c Keiji Kikuchii (KIA)
Crashed March 22, 1942
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima. Assigned to 4th Kokutai. Painted overall gray with a black cowling. Tail number F-??? painted in black. A red fuselage stripe was painted on the rear fuselage.
On March 22, 1942 took off from Lae Airfield on a CAP over the airfield along with A6M2 piloted by Kikuchii. Spotting Hudson A16-134 and Hudson A16-169 both Zeros attacked between 8:40-9:00. Gunners aboard the Hudsons claimed both shot down. Also damaged and shot down was A6M2 Zero piloted by Yamazaki.
Kodochosho, 4th Kōkūtai, March 22, 1942
Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII page 288
"In February 1942 Yamazaki was posted to the 4th Air Group and advanced to Rabaul after having served with the Ōita Air Group. In April, he was transferred to the Tainan Air Group. Until August, Yamazaki used Rabaul and Lae as bases and was active in the eastern New Guinea and Solomons battlefronts."
Flightpath Magazine "Yamazaki" by Michael Claringbould, 2010
Thanks to Richard Dunn and Michael Claringbould for additional
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February 3, 2018