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Burning of Nanchang Airfield
Depicts the attack on July 18, 1938 against Ching Yun Pu Airfield (青雲浦) at Nanchang. In the foreground is Type 96 D1A1 carrier bomber "10-235" tail "10-235", No.2 aircraft of the 32nd Shotai of the 1st Kanbaku Chutai, 15th Kokutai flown by PO3c Hamaue (濱上 勝男三空曹). His aircraft strafed and set two SB-2 bombers on fire. Its guns then jammed and the pilot landed on Ching Yun Pu runway and taxied to the eastern end of the airfield. Hamaue got out and climbed into an SB-2 and retrieved two drum magazines from the Degtyaryov DA-2 machine gun before setting fire to the Chinese bomber. Before this taking off, the crew destroyed an I-15bis parked near the SB-2.
Thanks to Raymond Cheung for additional information.
Credit: Tsuguharu Fujita / National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Date: (1938)
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