History[edit | edit source]

In Japanese service[edit | edit source]

Originally assigned to the 2nd Chutai of the 54th Sentai, this aircraft was captured on 25 April 1942, when Sgt. Major Kobayashi force-landed his Ki-27 near Kweilin and his Chutai commander, Capt. Dozono, landed alongside him in an attempt to rescue him.

In Allied hands[edit | edit source]

One of the two aircraft was rebuilt, using parts of both, as P-5015 and was tested by TAIU-China and US AVG personnel.[2] According to Bueschel General Chennault sent complete data on the fighter to Washington where it got "lost" in the files.[3]

Fate[edit | edit source]

The eventual fate of the aircraft is unknown.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Bueschel 1971, Colour section page G
  2. Millman 2013, p.76.
  3. Bueschel 1971, unnumbered

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Bueschel, Richard M. Nakajima Ki.27A-B Manshu Ki.79A-B in Japanese Army Air Force-Manchoukuo-IPSF-RACAF-PLAAF & CAF Service. Reading, Berkshire, UK: Osprey Publications, Ltd., 1971. ISBN 0-85045-020-9.
  • Millman, Nicholas. Ki-27 'Nate' Aces. Botley, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2013. ISBN 978-1-84908-662-2.
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