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  D4Y1 Judy Manufacture Number 3193 Tail 01-070
IJN
501 Kōkūtai

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USMC May 12, 1944

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Jim Lansdale 1992

Aircraft History
Built by Yokosuka during October 1943, as the 193rd D4Y1 built. The tail number of this Judy indicates this aircraft was assigned to the 501 Kōkūtai that arrived at Rabaul during October to November 1943.

Wartime History
Abandoned intact on its gear at Hoskins Airfield. During early May 1944, captured by American forces when the 1st Marine Division occupied the area.

Wreckage
The tail section was recovered during the war. At one time, displayed at Florence Air and Missile Museum in Florence, SC. This museum closed in 1997.

Jim Long adds:
"No. 3193 was misidentified as a D4Y2 in at least one earlier publication in the FAOW series (blue-cover series). It had a profile painting of the plane as a D4Y2 with the tail marking being rendered in yellow a guess, no doubt. The tail fin from this plane was salvaged and brought to the U.S., details unknown. For years it resided in a small (private?) museum in Florence, South Carolina, that researcher Ken Glass told me about. In 1999, Ken sent me some color photos of the fin that he had taken in 1997, but these photos did not give a proper impression of the color of the paint. The paint has been described as a dark olive green camouflage finish by Robert C. Mikesh, Jim Lansdale, and by Ken, himself. But Ken's 1997 prints made the color look more like an olive drab, more dirty brown than green. The current custodian and the current whereabouts of the fin from No. 3193 are unknowns."

Jim Lansdale adds:
"I examined this tail in a small museum few years ago. It is now defunct and I wonder what happened to the tail. The color was D1/D2 black-green. Director Thomas C. Griffin loaned me and Bob Mikesh a piece of the this Aichi constructed D4Y1, s/n 3193, to examine."

References
FAOW No. 69/1998-3, pages 42 and 60
Setting Suns page 16
Thanks to Jim Lansdale, Jim Long and Richard Dunn for additional information

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January 9, 2018

 

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