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  Ki-43-I Oscar  
JAAF
11th Sentai

Pilot ┬áLt. Hironojo Shisimoto (survived)
Crashed  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 that took from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul on a mission over Lae to intercept American aircraft attacking Lae Airfield near Lae and intercepted a formation of P-38 Lightnings from the 39th Fighter Squadron and 9th Fighter Squadron.

During the combat, Shishimoto's aircraft was damaged and he bailed out and his Oscar was observed to crash off the eastern end of Lae Airfield into the Huon Gulf. As he descending, Shishimoto was strafed in his parachute but landed and returned to duty.

References
Combat (Fighter) Report - Carl G. Planck - December 31, 1942
"I claim no victories, however, I observed one aircraft [Ki-43 Oscar piloted by Shishimoto] crash in the water about 1 mile east of end of Lae Airdrome in the position in which Lt. [John H.] Lane claims his 'victory' to have crashed."
"Initial Japanese Army Air Operations" by Richard Dunn
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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