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11th Hiko Sentai
1st Chutai

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circa July 1939

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circa 1940
Pilot  MSgt Kashima Shintaro (rescued)
Force Landed  July 25, 1939

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 97 Fighter / Ki-27 Nate manufacture number unknown.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Hiko Sentai (11th Flying Regiment), 1st Chutai at Harbin Airfield. Tail marking was a white lightning bolt with a white diagonal fuselage stripe outlined in blue (Shotai leader marking?) also a red painted cowl. Kanji behind the cockpit on the left side.

Mission History
On July 25, 1939 took off Gandjur-Miao Airfield piloted by MSgt Kashima Shintaro on a mission to intercept enemy fighters over the Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan) battlefield area. The formation of Ki-27s intercepted enemy I-15bis fighters. During the combat, this Ki-27 was hit by machine gun fire that pierced its fuel tank. Pilot Shintaro force landed in Mongolian territory. Afterwards, another 11th Sentai Ki-27 piloted by MSgt Bunji Yosiyama landed nearby and rescue him from behind enemy lines.

The largely intact plane was captured by Soviet forces. On orders from 1st Army Corps Voenno-Vozdushnye Sily (VSS) General Yakov Smushkevich, it was recovered and transported by rail to Moscow for technical evaluation.

This plane was repainted in Soviet markings with red star on the wings and fuselage and remained in Moscow until 1940. Ultimate fate afterwards is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

REVI No.26 (profile)
Japan Against Russia page 70
Bitva nad step'iu. Aviatsiia v Sovetsko-Iaponskom vooruzhennom konflikte na reke Khalkhin-Gol page 119 (this source lists the pilot's name as "Kadzima Sintaro")

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July 25, 2023

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