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   Ki-43-II "Rebuilt by the 41st Troop Carrier Sq."   Tail XJ005 (Hollandia Oscar #4)
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USAAF c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 1 Fighter / Ki-43-II Oscar manufacture number unknown. Assigned to an unknown Sentai.

Wartime History
This Oscar operated from the Hollandia area. During early 1944, this aircraft was abandoned by the Japanese largely intact.

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) and assigned tail code XJ005.

Between May 1944 until November 1944, this aircraft was repaired during free time by American personnel from the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 5th Air Force, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 41st Troop Carrier Squadron.

During the restoration, this aircraft was stripped to a bare aluminum finish. On the fuselage and wings was a U. S. star and bar marking. On both sides of the nose below the cockpit was a stripe with "Rebuilt by the 41st Troop Carrier Sq." written in cursive with the squadron's motif of Felix the Cat carrying a kitten. The tail code XJ004 was painted in black on both sides of the tail. The tail rudder was painted red and white. Both main wheel hubs of the main landing gear had the 5th Air Force insignia.

During November 1944 when the squadron moved northward this Oscar was left at Hollandia.

Sometime afterwards, this Oscar suffered a landing gear collapse or made a belly landing damaging the aircraft. Afterwards, towed to a boneyard area and abandoned. The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown. Likely, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
This aircraft is known as Hollandia "Oscar #4" in recent analysis
J-Aircraft - TAIC XJ005 (photos)
J-Aircraft - The Captured Oscars of Hollandia by Dave Pluth (photos)

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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