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  Ki-43-I Oscar  
11th Sentai

Pilot ┬áLt. Hironojo Shisimoto (survived)
Crashed  December 31, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 1 fighter (Ki-43-I Oscar) manufacture number unknown.

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

Mission History
On December 31, 1942 took from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul pilot Lt. Hironojo Shisimoto as one of eight Ki-43 Oscars on a mission to intercept American aircraft attacking Lae Airfield. Over Lae, the Oscars intercepted a formation of P-38 Lightnings from the 39th Fighter Squadron and 9th Fighter Squadron.

During the air combat, Shishimoto's aircraft was damaged and he bailed out and his Oscar was observed to crash off the eastern end of Lae Airfield into the Huon Gulf. As he descending, Shishimoto was strafed in his parachute but landed and returned to duty.

Combat (Fighter) Report - Carl G. Planck - December 31, 1942
"I claim no victories, however, I observed one aircraft [Ki-43 Oscar piloted by Shishimoto] crash in the water about 1 mile east of end of Lae Airdrome in the position in which Lt. [John H.] Lane claims his 'victory' to have crashed."
"Initial Japanese Army Air Operations" by Richard Dunn
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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