Hiroyoshi Nishizawa

1920 - 1944

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Lieutenant Junior Grade Hiroyoshi Nishizawa (西澤 広義, Nishizawa Hiroyoshi, January 27, 1920 – October 26, 1944) was a Japanese naval aviator and an ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service during World War II. Nishizawa was known to his colleagues as 'the Devil' for his breathtaking, brilliant, and unpredictable aerobatics and superb control of his aircraft while in combat. He was a member of the Tainan Kōkūtai's famous "clean up trio" with fellow aces Saburō Sakai and Toshio Ōta and would see action in the New Guinea campaign as well as in the aerial battles over Guadalcanal and over the Solomon Islands. He was killed in 1944 during the Philippines Campaign while aboard an IJN transport aircraft. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa has received more than 241,145 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Hiroyoshi Nishizawa is the 632nd most popular military personnel (down from 624th in 2019), the 424th most popular biography from Japan (up from 459th in 2019) and the 37th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa ranks 632 out of 1,466Before him are Abner Doubleday, Israel Tal, Ion Mihai Pacepa, Dominique Vandamme, Sergey Biryuzov, and Herbert Kappler. After him are Walther Nehring, Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, Hans Hermann von Katte, Živojin Mišić, and Kurt von Tippelskirch.

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Among people born in 1920, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa ranks 104Before him are Tonino Guerra, Karl Albrecht, Richard Farnsworth, Marcial Maciel, DeForest Kelley, and Jack Warden. After him are Bruno Maderna, Pierre Plantard, Don Taylor, Richard Adams, Gottfried Böhm, and Eileen Chang. Among people deceased in 1944, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa ranks 89Before him are Erich Fellgiebel, Asmahan, Sergei Bulgakov, Peter Deunov, Fritz Pfeffer, and Frank Marshall. After him are Hannah Szenes, Agustín Barrios, Józef Beck, Tanya Savicheva, Nikolai Polikarpov, and Fritz Witt.

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Among people born in Japan, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa ranks 424 out of 5,560Before him are Emperor Go-Fukakusa (1243), Emperor Rokujō (1164), Emperor Uda (867), Emperor Nijō (1143), Mōri Terumoto (1533), and Ryutaro Hashimoto (1937). After him are Emperor Go-Suzaku (1009), Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127), Emperor Go-Toba (1180), Emperor Kōbun (648), Kuroda Kiyotaka (1840), and Eisai (1141).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa ranks 37Before him are Shunroku Hata (1879), Kenji Doihara (1883), Mitsuo Fuchida (1902), Saitō Hajime (1844), Takijirō Ōnishi (1891), and Sadao Araki (1877). After him are Yoshijirō Umezu (1882), Takeo Kurita (1889), Soemu Toyoda (1885), Seishirō Itagaki (1885), Hitoshi Imamura (1886), and Otozō Yamada (1881).