ICM Nakajima Ki-27 “Nate” of Capt Hyoe Yonaga in 1/72nd Scale

Here is another ICM Nakajima Ki-27-II, this time in the markings of Captain Hyoe Yonaga, leader of the 2nd Chutai of the 24th Sentai stationed in the Philippines during December 1941 – January 1942.  Yonaga was a 16-victory ace from the Nomonhan Incident but saw no combat in the Philippines.  His aircraft is interesting because of the field applied camouflage, and unusual for a 24 Sentai machine in having five stripes on the rudder rather than the usual four.

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More completed Ki-27 models here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/mania-ki-27-nate-of-the-royal-thai-air-force-in-1-72-scale/

8 thoughts on “ICM Nakajima Ki-27 “Nate” of Capt Hyoe Yonaga in 1/72nd Scale

  1. 1st Lieutenant Hyoe Yonaga a section leader of the 2nd chutai, 24th Sentai, experienced his first combat when Captain Morimoto led nine Ki-27 from the chutai over the Khalka River, where some 60 enemy fighters were seen in three groups. Yonaga was able to claim one and one shared, but Captain Morimoto was lost and 1st Lieutenant Furukawa was wounded, Yonaga having to take over as chutai leader until the arrival of Captain Tashiro at the end of the month. 
    Sergeant Major Goro Nishihara of the 2nd chutai, 24th Sentai, experienced his first combat when flying as third man in Lieutenant Hyoe Yonaga’s element. He and eight other pilots attacked 60 Soviet fighters, the combat allowing him to claim three shot down and a fourth probably so. 

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  2. Name mentioned once more…

    24 August 1939
    1st Lieutenant Hyoe Yonaga’s (24th Sentai) Ki-27 was damaged during the day in a head-on attack.

    The 1st Sentai took part in combat during the day and Captain Iwao Masuda (Class 47), leader of the 2nd chutai, was killed. 1st Lieutenant Yoshihiko Yajima wrote in his diary:

    “Aug 24th. Escorts to bombers, took off 1350. Score one destroyed and two probables – but Captain Masuda failed to return. Think, out of the officer pilots of the 1st Sentai who left Kagamigahara only Yajima remains, and now I have lost my new chutai leader. Lost – two Sentai commanders, two chutai leaders and all the officer pilots – why do only I live through it all? Shame on me, shame on me! I must die ten thousand times for this sin!”

    Platon Smolyakov of 70 IAP (I-16) claimed a shared Ki-27 together with another pilot while Nikolai Viktorov from the same unit claimed a second. 
    Major Sergei Gritsevets from 70 IAP (I-153) claimed a Ki-27 and a shared enemy bomber with two other pilots.

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