Built by Nakajima during late February 1943 (estimated). Uncoded serial number 44.. Assigned to the Japanese Navy to the 251st Kōkūtai. No known nickname, nose art or tail number.
Operated from Ballale Airfield, and was abandoned on the island.
Field modified at Vunakanau
Airfield, from the suggestion
of Commander Yasuna Kozono of the 251st Kōkūtai. This Irving was outfitted with a rear gun mount
for a sets of upward and downward firing 2 x 20mm cannons, for
use as a night
fighter. Abandoned at Ballale Airfield aircraft dump area, only the rear fuselage
section is present.
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 27 (middle right & lower)
The photo caption has a typo that lists it as 664. Rather, Charles Darby noted this wreck to be 644, but was a typo in the book, thanks to Jim Long for this clarification.
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January 31, 2018