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  Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number ???  
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? Sentai

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Nakamura August 19, 2017

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Uncoded serial number unknown (three digits). Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 1 fighter / Ki-43-I Oscar manufacture number unknown (three or four digits). Assigned to an unknown Sentai.

Wartime History
The wartime history of this Oscar is unknown. Likely, it operated in New Guinea and was captured by the Allies and transported to Australia. Possibly, this aircraft was Ki-43 Oscar captured at Lae Airfield and restored at Eagle Farm.

Storage
Postwar, acquired by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) but was never placed on display. During the 1990s, sold to a private collector. Around 2015, this aircraft was sold to Nobuo Harada and shipped to Japan.

Restoration
During 2015 to 2017, this Oscar was restored at the Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum).

Display
During August 2017, this Oscar was placed on display at the Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum). It has bare aluminium finish, without any markings with the landing gear retracted and is displayed atop a metal frame to lift it off the ground.

References
Thanks to Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum) / Nobua Harada for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 15, 2019

 

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