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  J1N1-C Kai Irving Manufacture Number 644  
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251st Kōkūtai

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Jusin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
Operated from Ballale Airfield, and was abandoned on the island.

Wartime History
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.

References
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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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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