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  Ki-43-I Oscar  
JAAF
11th Sentai

Pilot ┬áCaptain Tomoari Hasegawa (survived)
Damaged  December 31, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Ki-43-I Oscar manufacture number unkown (three digits).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Sentai. No known markings or tail code.

Mission History
On December 31, 1942 took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul piloted by Captain Tomoari Hasegawa as one of eight Oscars led by Captain Miyabayashi on a mission over Lae to intercept U. S. aircraft attacking Lae Airfield. Over Lae, intercepted by P-38F Lightnings from the 39th Fighter Squadron and 9th Fighter Squadron. During the combat, Hasegawa collided with P-38F Lightning 42-12652 piloted by 2nd Lt. Kenneth Sparks, damaging his right aileron and outer wing tip. The Oscar sustained tail damage and landed at Gasmata Airfield.

Several days later, Hasegawa returned to Rabaul and rejoined the 11th Sentai. It is unclear if his damaged aircraft was repaired or abandoned. Afterwards, Hasegawa reported he hit the tail of a "Lockheed bomber" which he claimed destroyed (in fact it had landed with damage).

References
Some sources state Hasegawa landed at Lae Airfield incorrectly
"Initial Japanese Army Air Operations" by Richard Dunn
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
December 2, 2019

 

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