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Kenichi Abe
Abe while with the Kanoya Air Group sometime in 1942
Born (1923-03-01)March 1, 1923
Died ?
Place of birth Ōita Prefecture, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJN)
Years of service 1941-?
Rank Chief Petty Officer
Battles/wars Pacific War

Kenichi Abe (阿部 健市 Abe Ken'ichi?, 1 March 1923 - ?) was an ace fighter pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Pacific theater of World War II. In aerial combat over the Pacific, he was officially credited with five victories, plus five jointly, and two probables.

As a member of the Kanoya and 253 Air Groups based at Rabaul, Abe participated in aerial combat with Allied forces during the Solomon Islands and New Guinea campaigns in 1942 and 1943. Abe was injured on 6 May 1943 and returned to Japan to recuperate. Abe was still recuperating when the war ended in August 1945.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Hata, Ikuhiko; Yasuho Izawa, Don Cyril Gorham (translator) (1975 (original) 1989 (translation)). Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-315-6. 

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