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  Ki-43-II Oscar Manufacture Number 5465  
JAAF
? Sentai

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via PNG Museum 1962

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Justin Taylan 2000

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Daniel Leahy 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima during May 1943. Uncoded serial number 465. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to an unknown Sentai operating in New Guinea. Possibly the 13th Sentai or 26th Sentai.

Wartime History
This aircraft was damaged and abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield. Likely it was further damaged by Allied bombing and strafing. On April 26, 1944, captured by the Australian Army 30th Battalion. On May 1, 1944 the wreckage was evaluated by a team from Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) that noted the manufacture number as 5465. Afterwards, abandoned at the airfield.

Wreckage
Until 1984, this aircraft remained in situ at the edge of Alexishafen Airfield. By 1962, the propeller and engine cowling were removed. The cockpit canopy was missing. The left wingtip was bent upward from damage. The rear fuselage had rectangular piece of aluminum cut out by servicemen or local people since the war.

Salvage
During 1984 this aircraft was recovered by a team from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) working on behalf of the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Transported to Madang and the shipped to Australia. This aircraft underwent conservation and was placed into storage at the Australian War Memorial Annex (AWM Annex).

Display
Since 2000, the rear fuselage and engine are on display at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Bradbury Aircraft Hall. The wings and center section are displayed at the Australian War Memorial Annex (AWM Annex).

References
Ki-43 Oscar Production Chart by Jim Long
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 18 (upper), 42 (middle)
Thanks to Jim Long and Charles Darby for additional information

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January 31, 2018

 

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