Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the an unknown Sentai. No known markings or tail code.
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.
The crash site includes section of wing, fuselage, tail, engine and
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."
Thanks to Bruce Fenstermaker for additional information
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January 31, 2018