Built by Mitsubishi at the Oe-machi plant during early April 1943. Assigned to the 10th Dokuritsu Dai Chutai (Independent Squadron attached to Army HQ). Painted with overall pale gray upper surfaces and spray painted with green wave-mirror camouflage.
Crashed west of But
Airfield. Its landing gear
and flaps are partially down, and bullet hole damage visible on the prop.
On impact, both engines ripped off their mounts and landed ahead of the
main wreckage. The aircraft flipped over on its back, breaking
the tail and ripping the cockpit off.
The wreckage had a well
preserved green wave-mirror camouflage sprayed over pale gray upper
surfaces. The yellow fin symbol of the 10th Dokuritsu Dai
Chutai was clearly visible on the sides of the tail.
During the late 1970s, Roy Worcester visited the wreckage and painted his name on the wreckage to claim it, but never removed it.
Justin Taylan visited the wreck in 2004:
"The engine has bullet holes through it and painted on the side is 'R.O.W. Wewak' on the engine, main wreckage and tail by Roy
Worcester. Apparently, this wreck was marked by him for collection, but never removed. The
tail marking is somewhat faded, but still clearly visible, also traces of the snake-weave. There is no sign of the cockpit
or nose section."
The tail section of this wreck was salvaged sometime between June 2005 - June 2011. According to locals, Australians visited the crash site and claimed it was an Australian plane and they were relatives of the deceased pilot and took the tail section.
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 44 (middle left)
Production figures of the Mitsubishi Ki.46 by Jim Long
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January 31, 2018