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  Curtiss Hawk III Nose 寧波專號 Squadron Number 2503
CAF
5th PG
25th PS

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circa Aug-Sept 1937

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circa Oct 1937

Pilot  Mu-fei Chang (rescued)
Force Landed  August 16, 1937

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss. Sold to China and assigned to the Chinese Air Force, 5th Pursuit Group, 25 Pursuit Squadron, aircraft number '03'. Painted dark green, the tail was painted with blue and white stripes. Fuselage number 2503. On the nose was painted "Ningpo Special" 『寧波專號』was painted on the nose, probably commemorating donations from citizens of Ningpo City.

Mission History
One of six aircraft that took off at 15:15 led by 25th Pursuit Squadron commander Capt. Ming-teh Tu that took off from Yangchow Airfield on a mission to attack Japanese barracks and positions in Shanghai.

Two of the Hawk III provided top cover for four carrying bombs (one with four 50kg bombs and three with six18kg bombs carried on under wing wing racks). Over the target, they encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire and this aircraft was probably hit on its bomb run in the fuel tank by "large caliber machine gun" fire (possibly 13mm Hotchkiss or even 25mm cannon). The remaining five Hawk III's returned to Yangchow Airfield landing at 17:30.

Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and force landed at the Far East Stadium (遠東運動場) in Shanghai. The pilot was rescued by Chinese civilians.

Wreckage
The wreckage was captured by the Japanese Army and extensively photographed by western and the Japanese press. Afterward, the wreckage was salvaged and shipped to Japan and was exhibited during October 1937 in Tokyo. Ultimate fate unknown.

References
Thanks to Raymond Cheung for information and research
ROCAF History of the War of Resistance Against Japan, Vol. 1 page 44
REX 的《天空》中國天空的紅武士--劉粹剛烈士座機(1936-1940)

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January 5, 2018

 

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