Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to either the 1st Sentai or 11th Sentai. No known nickname, nose art or tail number.
Disabled on Ballale Airfield, likely from combat damage, likely at the end of January 1943. Likely further damaged by bomb blast when the island came under heavier bombing.
Richard Dunn adds:
"The 12th FB was the JAAF fighter HQ that controlled 1st and 11th (Sentai) FRs. Both units had particpated in the January 27, 1943 attacks on Guadalcanal. This order may document the situation of the wrecks at Ballale. An extract from 12th Air Sector Operations Order #94, January 28. 1943 reads: 'Five airplanes of the 12th Flying Brigade which were damaged in combat yesterday, were left at Ballale. 14 Field Air Repair Depot will despatch investigating personnel." signed Lt. Col. Kusano, CO 12 Air Sector Forces.' "
Wreckage includes a shattered engine and portions of the wing and fuselage.
12th Air Sector Operations Order #94, January 28, 1943
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January 9, 2018