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  Ki-43 Oscar  
59th Sentai

Pilot ┬áCaptain Shigeo Nongo, Executive Officer 59th Sentai (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  January 23, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 1 Fighter / Ki-43 Oscar manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the 59th Sentai. No known markings or tail code.

Mission History
On January 23, 1944 took off from Dagua Airfield piloted by Captain Shigeo Nongo on a mission to intercept U. S. fighters over Wewak. During the interception, this Oscar likely shot down P-40N piloted by Crowley. Moments later, this Oscar was shot down by P-40N Warhawk pilot 1st Lt. Robert M. DeHaven from the 49th FG, 7th FS.

Note, some sources spell the pilots surname as "Nango" [sic Nongo]
USAF Historical Study No. 85 USAF Credits For The Destruction of Enemy Aircraft, World War II Alphabetical: DeHaven, Robert page 52 (PDF page 57)
Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Aces pages 45 (January 23, 1944), 154 (59th Sentai: Executive Officers/Hikotai Leaders Nongo July 43-January 1944), 300 (Casualty List: Nango)

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020

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