Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the ? Sentai. No known markings or tail code.
Crashed on Biak Island.
In September 2000, it was reported
that villagers discovered the wreckage of a Japanese fighter
plane that crashed during World War II. Yusup Rumaropen,
a local official, yesterday said a Japanese service pistol
and a wristwatch belonging to the pilot were also found
within the wreckage of the plane.
"I saw this aircraft. It is an Oscar and she
went in vertically. The whole aircraft is smashed. The
Oscar picture here was described by local people as intact
- unfortunately, it most defiantly is not! The author
is seen combing thorough the clay for human remains.
Local people have gathered many of the pilots bones which
are mostly from the arm and shoulder and many are intact,
but many bone fragments were present which correlate
to the force of the impact which shattered him and his
aircraft. A local man who runs a local museum found the
pilots identity tag some years ago an now uses it as
a key ring which is quite reprehensible. Unfortunately,
little attempt is ever made to contact US or Japanese
authorities unless local people can be sure of being
paid handsomely and this has led to some ugly incidents
in recent years."
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January 9, 2018