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11th Sentai

Pilot ┬áCaptain Tomoari Hasegawa (survived)
Damaged  December 31, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 11th Sentai. No known markings or tail code.

Mission History
On December 31, 1942 one of eight Oscars led by Captain Miyabayashi that took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul on a mission over Lae to intercept American aircraft attacking Lae Airfield. Intercepted by P-38 Lightnings from the 39th Fighter Squadron and 9th Fighter Squadron.

During the combat, Hasegawa collided with P-38F 42-12652 piloted by Kenneth Sparks, damaging the right aileron and outer wing tip. This Oscar was damaged in the tail forcing him to land at Gasmata Airfield.

Several days later, Hasegawa returned to Rabaul and rejoined his Sentai. It is unclear if his damaged aircraft was repaired or abandoned. Afterwards, Hasegawa reported he hit the tail of a Lockheed bomber which was claimed destroyed. In fact, the P-38 managed to land safely back at base.

Some sources state Hasegawa landed at Lae Airfield, but this seems unlikely.
"Initial Japanese Army Air Operations" by Richard Dunn
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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