Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Saturday, 29 March 2014

302 Ku - Nakajima J1N "Gekko" - Kill markings

In Tokyo the cherry blossom season has started and is expected to peak next week. So today we feature a very nice photo, from a vintage publication, of a pilot standing in front of a Nakajima J1N "Gekko" with two yellow kill markings.
This particular kill marking design was used by the 302 Kokutai and looking closely in the KFI#96 on the unit we think the pilot is PO1c Ohashi Isamu who together with navigator LTJG Yokota Masayoshi flew a Nakajima J1N1-Sa or Model 11Ko.

The first kill markings, denoting a certain kill, is a "yaezakura" (double flowering cherry blossom).

While the second marking, which means a damaged plane, is a common "hitoe no sakura" (single-petalled cherry blossom). (sakura photos from the Japanese wikipedia).

1 comment:

Panagiotis said...

Interesting info! Love the cherry season in Japan! I wish I were there!