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  Ki-43-I  Oscar Manufacture Number 493  
JAAF
11th Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima during June 1942. Uncode serial number 393. Assigned to the 11th Sentai.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Munda Airfield. Captured by American forces after the fall of Munda during early August 1943. Examined by US Army during August 1943.

Richard Dunn adds:
"The tanks on four Type 1 model 1 fighters (Nos. 493, 685, 695, and 725) inspected at Munda had six layers of rubber. The inner layer was similar to red tube rubber. The other layers were black rubber. Total thickness was 1/8th inch. The padding was 1/4th inch thick and thought to consist of cellulose or cotton fibers. The outer cover was described as aluminum painted fabric."

References
Thanks to Richard Dunn for manufacture number.
|Thanks to Jim Long for Ki-43 production data

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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