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  Ki-43-II Oscar Manufacture Number ? Tail -35
1st Sentai

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USN c1945

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US Army July 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 1st Sentai. Tail code "-35". The aircraft was painted in a mottled camouflage scheme with a white rudder and red lower portion of the tail. The rear fuselage had a vertical white stripe and the fuselage Hinomaru was outlined in white.

Wartime History
During late 1944, assigned to the 4th Air Army for the Japanese defense of the Philippines, based at Clark Field. This aircraft operated from San Roque Airfield near Zambonga on Mindanao. During late 1944 or early 1945, this aircraft was damaged or disabled on the ground and abandoned at the airfield.

On March 11, 1945 the US Army 41st Infantry Division, 163rd Infantry Regiment liberated San Roque Airfield.

Afterwards, the tail section of this aircraft was hung from a wooden frame near the airfield's sign reading "Moret Field Zambonga elevation 23 Feet - They have no tails Zamboanga". This tail section was extensively photographed by Americans. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

NARA "Men work at Moret Field, Zamboanga in Philippines during World war II" July 1945 includes color footage of this tail section and sign
Thanks to Tony Feredo and Jim Lansdale and Ryan Toews for additional information

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Last Updated
October 29, 2018


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