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  Ki-45 Nick Manufacture Number 1023  
13th Sentai

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December 30, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki during March 1943 at Akashi. One engine was manufacture number 1878, built in November 1942. Armed with a Type 94 37mm cannon, reloaded from the rear-seat position of the aircraft. Other armament was “thought to be” two 12.7mm fixed and one 7.7mm flexible rear mounted machine gun. Assigned to the 13th Sentai.


Wartime History
Arrived at Rabaul during May 1943. Straffed on the ground at Cape Gloucester Airfield while parked at No. 2 Strip (East Airfield) and disabled, with one engine missing. Assessed unserviceable on September 22, 1943.

Captured by Marines on December 30, 1943 at the airfield and evaluated by Allied intelligence, which deemed it to be in repairable  contion.

Tuluvu's Air War (Chapter X: The Aircraft of Tuluvu) by Richard Dunn
CEAR "Japanese Aircraft Makers' Plates and Markings", page 9

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January 31, 2018


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