This is the Ki-61 Hien of Seargent Tadao Sumi, as it should look at November ´44, while stationed at Chofu airfield (244th Sentai), near Tokyo. Tadao Sumi transferred from the infantry into flight training in February of 1941, following service during the sieges of Shanghai and Nanking. In November of 1941 he earned his wings. Following the April 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo, the 244th Sentai was formed to provide air defense for the region and Sumi was assigned to this unit. At the end of 1944, Sumi transferred to the 56th Sentai and began flying the Ki-61. From this point until the end of the war, Sumi flew almost daily against the B-29's which raided the Japanese homeland. During a series of night sorties over Osaka on 13 March, 1945 Tadao Sumi made repeated attacks on the B-29 force and succeeded in shooting down four bombers and damaging three others, before being forced to bail out when his Ki-61 ran out of fuel. He struck the airplane as he bailed out and was forced to spend three months in the hospital. In reconginion of his deeds of 13 March, Sumi was awarded a letter of commendation from the commander of the 15th Military District and on 21 June 1945 he was awarded the Bukosho (Medal of Honor, A Class). Tadao Sumi was one of a very select few to receive the highest grade of this medal.He returned to combat against the raiding B-29's and was later wounded again. Tadao Sumi is credited with five B-29 bombers destroyed and four more damaged as well an an escorting P-51 destroyed. Warrant Officer Tadao Sumi passed away on 25 June, 1985.