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JAAF
11th Sentai
1st Chutai

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circa July 1939

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circa 1940

Pilot  MSgt Kashima Shintaro (rescued)
Force Landed  July 25, 1939


Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the 11th Sentai, 1st Chutai based at Harbin Airfield. Tail marking was a white lightning bolt with a white diagonal fuselage stripe outlined in blue (Shotai leader marking?) also a red painted cowl. Kanji behind the cockpit on the left side.

Mission History
Took off Gandjur-Miao Airfield on a mission to intercept enemy fighters over Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan) battlefield area. The formation of Ki-27s intercepted enemy I-15bis fighters. During the combat, this Ki-27 was hit by machine gun fire that pierced its fuel tank. Pilot Shintaro force landed in Mongolian territory. Afterwards, another 11th Sentai Ki-27 piloted by MSgt Bunji Yosiyama landed nearby to rescue him from enemy territory.

Capture
Shintaro's intact aircraft was captured by the Soviets. On orders from 1st Army Corps VSS General Yakov Smushkevich, it was transported to Moscow for technical evaluation.

Repainted in VSS markings with red star on the wings and fuselage. Present in Moscow in 1940, ultimate fate afterwards is unknown.

References
REVI No.26 (profile)
Japan Against Russia page 70
Bitva nad step'iu. Aviatsiia v Sovetsko-Iaponskom vooruzhennom konflikte na reke Khalkhin-Gol page 119 (this source lists the pilot's name as "Kadzima Sintaro")

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February 4, 2018

 

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