RS Models Kawasaki Ki-100 of Major Yohei Hinoki in 1/72 Scale

Yohei Hinoki was originally posted to the 64th Sentai in Malaya, flying as the wingman the Sentai commander, Major Tateo Kato (18 victories).  Hinoki was credited with a shared victory over a Blenheim on 08DEC41, and two Hurricanes over Singapore on 31JAN42.  On 10APR42 Hinoki’s Ki-43 was shot up by an American Volunteer Group P-40 piloted by Robert Smith (8 victories).  Smith claimed the Oscar as a probable.  Hinoki was wounded, but managed to nurse his damaged aircraft back to his base in Thailand.

Hinoki recovered from his injuries and returned to flight status.  He claimed a Mustang on 25NOV43.  Two days later the 64th intercepted a large American strike against Insein.  Hinoki was credited with a P-51, P-38, and B-24 from this force, but his aircraft was shot up by a Mustang piloted by 2Lt Robert Mulhollem (5 victories).  Mulhollem claimed the Oscar as a probable, but again Hinoki was able to land his damaged aircraft.  This time a .50 caliber bullet had shattered Hinoki’s right leg which had to be amputated.

After convalescing in Japan Hinoki was fitted with a wooden leg and assigned as an instructor pilot at the Akeno Army Flying School.  As the war situation deteriorated, the IJAAF began forming interceptor flights from instructor cadre and Hinoki, now a Major, led the flight from Akeno.  On 16JUL45 he claimed a 457th Fighter Squadron Mustang piloted by CAPT John Binbow for his final victory.

Major Yohei Hinoki survived the war and was credited with 12 victories.  He passed away in 1991.

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