Built by Nakajima between April to December 1942. The manufacture number of this aircraft is unknown. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to an unknown Sentai.
The wartime history of this aircraft is unknown. Likely, operated in New Guinea and was captured by the Allies.
Possibly, this aircraft is Ki-43 Oscar captured at Lae Airfield and restored at Eagle Farm. Transported to Australia for technical intelligence or as a war prize
Postwar, acquired by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) but was never placed on display. During the 1990s, sold to a private collector. Circa 2015, sold to Nobuo Harada and shipped to Japan.
This aircraft was restoreda at the Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum) between 2015-2017.
This aircraft went on display at the Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum) in August 2017 in bare aluminium finish, without any markings with the landing gear retracted atop a metal frame.
Thanks to Nobua Harada for additional information.
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January 31, 2018