Built by Nakajima during July 1943. Uncode serial number 653. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) to ? Sentai. This aircraft had mottled green upper surfaces and unpainted lower surfaces.
Estimated to have force landed on Long Island on January 22, 1944.
Richard Dunn adds:
"The only Type 1 fighter units active at that time were 59, 63 and 248 Sentai. 248th arrived in Nov 43. I have a pretty good sample of serial numbers from their aircraft and with only a couple exceptions they are higher than 5653, most 5900 or higher. Although the sample is smaller the same is true for 63 arriving in Jan 44 whose numbers are generally 5900 or higher. It is a good bet 5653 was from the 59th Sentai. Also, there was a big combat N. of Saidor on 16 Jan 44. Long I. is less than 40 mi NW of Saidor. The big loser in that combat was 63 FR. The 248th only had about four aircraft operational at that time and was operating under tactical command of the 59th Sentai."
This aircraft was examined by ATIU on January 27, 1944.The right wing tip was torn off. The engine had broken in half at the blower section. The manufacture number 5653 was found stenciled in several places and dataplates.
Richard Dunn recalls from ATIU reports:
"The serial number 5653 was stenciled in several places. Only combat damage noted one bullet strike through the right barrel cover that nicked the barrell and then severed the oil line. Only change from standard Oscar was what appeared to be clipped and "very slightly rounded" wingtips although one wing tip was ripped off and exact measurements could not be taken. Other markings said to be shown in sketch and photos accompanying report (which I don't have). Ammo was APT and HE. Instrument panel and radio were in good condition. To be salvaged. Pilot apparently survived unhurt. His parachute pack was found nearby with silk canopy removed. Suggests it was taken to provide shelter."
Thanks to Richard Dunn for historical details
Thanks to Jim Long for Ki-43 production data
ATIS Report OSCAR Mk. 2 No. 5653 27 January, 1944
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January 31, 2018