|Pilot Suprun (KIA)
Crashed May 21, 1939
Assigned to the Soviet Air Force (VSS).
This aircraft and pilot was the first confirmed aircraft shot down and casualty of the Battle of Khalkhin Gol / Nomonhan Incident, confirmed by both Japanese and Russian records.
Took off on a liaison mission to the 6th Mongolian Cavalry Division. Intercepted by Ki-27’s of the 24th Sentai, 2nd Chutai led by Captain Marimoto, who claimed the shot down of a "R-5".
Japan Against Russia page 26
Air Warfare - The First Battles
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February 4, 2018