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  Ki-43-II Oscar Manufacture Number 5894  (Hollandia Oscar #1 / Red Cowl Ring)
JAAF
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USAAF c1944

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Marty Bohls 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima during September 1943. Uncode serial number 894. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Ki-43-II Oscar manufacture number 5894. Assigned to an unknown Sentai. No known markings.

Wartime History
This Oscar operated from the Hollandia area. During early 1944, abandoned largely intact at either: Hollandia Airfield, Cyclops Airfield or Sentani Airfield.

Wreckage
During late April 1944, this Oscar was captured by the U. S. Army in the Hollandia area at one of the three dromes: Hollandia Airfield, Sentani Airfield or Cyclops Airfield. Afterwards, inspected by Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU).

Repair
During the middle of 1944, this Oscar, Ki-43-II Oscar 6430 and Ki-61 Tony (XJ002) were repaired at Cyclops Airfield by American personnel from the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 84th Airdrome Squadron. The line chief for both rebuilds was SSgt William Garza who was assisted by SSgt Hall.

Both aircraft were repaired using spare parts found in the area and parts from other Oscars. This Oscar was stripped to bare aluminum finish and painted with U. S. star and bar markings and a red and white tail rudder. The cowl had a circular motif with "84" for the 84th Airdrome Squadron painted on both sides. The engine cowl was painted with a red ring.

By August 1944, this Oscar was test flown in the Hollandia area but on landing suffered "not too great" landing gear damage. Afterwards was repaired and likely made additional flights.

The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown. Likely, it was likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared at Hollandia.

References
This aircraft is known as Hollandia "Oscar #1" in recent analysis
Thanks to Jim Long for Ki-43 production data.
J-Aircraft - The Captured Oscars of Hollandia by Dave Pluth (photos)
"Once, Twice, Four Times an Oscar" by Darryl Ford, October 2017

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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