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Captured Ki-36 aircraft with Chinese markings, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, circa Oct 1945; note damage on building wall

Caption     Captured Ki-36 aircraft with Chinese markings, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, circa Oct 1945; note damage on building wall ww2dbase
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Photos at Same Place Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Added By C. Peter Chen
Licensing  This anonymous work originating in the Republic of China is in the public domain. Its copyright expired 50 years after the work was made available to the public. The Republic of China governed mainland China until 1949, after which it relocated to Taiwan. Copyright protection for anonymous works under the post-1949 communist Beijing government is also 50 years.

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1. Doug says:
15 Oct 2012 11:34:08 PM

I notice these have canopies! I assume they are they the export versions sold to China in the mid 30's?
2. Ken Farr says:
26 Feb 2013 05:07:39 PM

Not P-26's.
Look like 2 place tandem cockpits, and with the hucks starter hub in front of the spinner, I believe they are Japanese in origin.
3. Nick Dixon says:
31 Jan 2014 04:04:24 AM

Not Boeings, KI-51 Sonia's
4. don says:
13 Apr 2014 01:42:55 AM

I think you're right, Nick, as I recall the P-26s were smaller and had flying wires above and below the wings, too.
5. RomeDome says:
7 Oct 2014 05:16:51 AM

I initially thought Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demons but the tail's wrong. Definitely not P-26, I agree. I think someone identified them as Tachikawa Ki-36. There's another photo of them here at the Warbird Information Exchange
6. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
14 Dec 2015 02:37:07 PM

At wars end the Japanese abandoned over 1,000 different types of aircraft, that went up for grabs. Tachikawa Ki-36 "Ida" captured by Nationalist Chinese Forces. Mechanics are working on the Ida's Hitachi 9-cyl Ha-13a air-cooled radial engine.
Did you know that a few ex-Japanese Army Pilots and ground crew stayed behind and taught the new owners how to operated and fly the aircraft.

Ki-36 IDA:

Aircraft was used for observation, courier, liaison and photo-reconnaissance operated by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) hanger in background looks like its been hit by shrapnel and strafing...


Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, Manchukuo
Air Force 1942-1945, Thailand, Cochin Air Force 1940-1945 and the Nanking Air Force 1942-1945 both were organized by the IJAAF.


France, Nationalist China, Communist China, North Korea, South Korea and Indonesia

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