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May 10, 1945: Sighting a Japanese Kawasaki Ki-45  flying high over Okinawa, USMC First Lieutenant Robert Klingman, in an Vought F4U Corsair, gives chase for over 185 mi & intercepts the Ki-45 at 38,000 ft (12,000 m). Finding his guns frozen, he climbs above the Corsair’s service ceiling of 41,600 ft (12,700 m) & cuts off the Ki-45′s tail with his propellers, causing it to crash. He then lands safely at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. He receives the Navy Cross for the action.

May 10, 1945: Sighting a Japanese Kawasaki Ki-45 flying high over Okinawa, USMC First Lieutenant Robert Klingman, in an Vought F4U Corsair, gives chase for over 185 mi & intercepts the Ki-45 at 38,000 ft (12,000 m). Finding his guns frozen, he climbs above the Corsair’s service ceiling of 41,600 ft (12,700 m) & cuts off the Ki-45′s tail with his propellers, causing it to crash. He then lands safely at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. He receives the Navy Cross for the action.

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