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61st Sentai

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c1939

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi, likely Ki-21-Ia with manufacture number 251

. Assigned to the 61st Sentai.

Mission History
Shot down over Dornod Province in eastern Mongolia during the Nomonhan Incident / Battle of Khalkin Gol.

Possibly, lost on June 27 or June 30 when nine Ki-21 led by Col Mikami that took off from Hailar Airfield on a bombing mission against Tamsagbulag (Tamsag). Or, June 30, 1939 raid.

Most likely, this was one of two Ki-21s lost on September 15, 1939 that took off from Hailar Airfield on a bombing mission against Hamardaba. It is likely that Zhukov and Smushkevich headquartered nearby would have visited the crash site.

Wreckage
Photographers documented Soviet and Mongolian troops investigating the wreckage, including General Zhukov, Yakov Smushkevich and other senior officers. Wreckage incudes two engines and a burned out fuselage section.

References
Bataille Areriennes N°50 - Red Star versus Rising Sun, Nomonham Air Fighting p 33 (photos)
Air War Over Khalkin Gol page 29, 42, 53 (photos)
Production Record for the Type 97 Heavy Bomber (Ki-21) (Sally) by James Long page 1-2

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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