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4th Sentai

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Pilot  Sgt Shigeo Nobe (KIA)
Gunner  Sgt Denzo Takagi (KIA)

Crashed  August 20, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki. Manufacture Number unknown. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 4th Sentai. No known markings.

Mission History
On August 20, 1944 took off on a mission to intercept B-29 Super fortresses over Yawata. Over the target, Nobe radioed that he was going deliberately ram an enemy bomber and collided with B-29 "Gertrude C" 42-6368, causing it to explode and crash. A piece of wreckage from the B-29 struck the tail of B-29 "Calamity Sue" 42-6334, causing it to enter a spin and crash. Nobe's attack was the first deliberate ramming of B-29s over Japan.

B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 88-90
Sgt Nobe rams and downs two B-29s over Kyushu by Nakamura Kenichi

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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