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  Ki-43-II Oscar    
JAAF
? Sentai

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B Fenstermaker 1991

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the an unknown Sentai. No known markings or tail code.

Mission History
This aircraft likely crashed on April 27, 1944 and was shot down or crashed while being chased by P-47D Thunderbolt 42-75940 that also crashed nearby. It appears the Oscar was a victim of a high speed stall during the dog fight and crashed on Biak Island.

Wreckage
The crash site includes section of wing, fuselage, tail, engine and machine guns.

Bruce Fenstermaker reports:
"This aircraft is located 200m from Frankford's P-47D 42-75940, is the wreckage of this Ki-43, this might be the Oscar that Frankford was chasing and both high speed stalled. That is my speculation."

References
Thanks to Bruce Fenstermaker for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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