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11th Sentai

Pilot  Tetsuo Sato (KIA)
Crashed  February 6, 1943

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 February 6, 1943 took off from Lae Airfield on a mission to escort Ki-48 Lilys from the 45th Sentai bombing Wau Airfield. Over the target, the Ki-43s intercepted three C-47s escorted by P-39s of the 40th Fighter Squadron and P-40s of the 7th Fighter Squadron. The Ki-43s shoot down C-47 "Early Delivery" 41-38658 and damage a P-40.

Four Ki-43 were shot down, including this aircraft. Anti-aircraft gunners on the ground from the 156th Light Anti-aircraft battery were also firing and claimed one Ki-43.

The wreckage of this Ki-43 was discovered in the hills above Wau later in the afternoon. The identity tag of Sato was recovered from the wreckage.

The Battle for Wau page 212-213
Ki-43 'Oscar' Aces of World War 2 page 75-76

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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