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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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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 31 Aug 2012

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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... OPERATORS: 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. POST-WAR: OPERATORS France, Nationalist China, Communist China, North Korea, South Korea and Indonesia

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