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Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, estimated date of assembly November 1942. No tail markings or unit identification was present on the aircraft in the early 1970s.

Wartime History
Abandoned on Ballale Airfield, possibly destroyed on the ground.

This aircraft was missing its tail and had the propeller removed. Only the rear canopy remains. A drop tank is still attached, implying it might have been damage sustained on while on the ground.

Charles Darby adds:
"Battered in appearance but largely complete in the 1970s. No unit identifications on the plane."

Moved from the island to the beach area by Australian Craig Turner / Solomon National Museum Project in December 2005, where it remained due to a dispute with locals. The engine was removed during transport. Turner returned on November 6, 2007 with Gary Spoors / GJD Services Ltd. This aircraft was likely salvaged with other aircraft from the island on November 8, 2007 aboard the barge MV Tina. Transported to Honiara, the aircraft were presumably shipped overseas to either Australia or the United Kingdom.

Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 47 (upper)
OneNews "Shortland & Ballalae Aircraft Salvage" November 20, 2007
GJD Services - Solomon's (accessed via circa February 2008

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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