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  Ki-46-II Dinah Manufacture Number 2485 Tail Number 2
JAAF
4th Air Army

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ATIU March 8, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at the Oe-machi plant during middle March 1943. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 100 Command Reconnaissance Aircraft / Ki-46-II Dinah manufacture number 2485.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 4th Air Army. Tail number 2. This aircraft was painted overall gray with a fuselage stripe.

Mission History
This Dinah likely force landed sometime during January 1944, force landed at Sag Sag in Western New Britain. During the crash, the right engine tore off from the firewall and landed facing backwards with the propeller blades bent. Duing the landing, the left engine propeller was unbent. During the crash, the nose was damaged. The fate of the crew is unknown, they likely survived the crash and left the scene.

Wreckage
On March 8, 1944 inspected by U. S. Army intelligence and photographed. It was determined that the plane force landed six weeks to two months earlier 1st to 3rd week in Jan 1944].

U. S. Army ATIU report states:
"The entire airplane had been painted light gray, and had been polished keenly. The inside of the fuselage was said to be intact except the radio and a couple instruments had been removed. Internal equipment remaining in the airplane was in excellent condition. Wings and fuselage were in good condition (except for damage visible in photos). Two parachutes were found as was a log book. The log book was forwarded to ATIS. Plane is being salvaged."

Richard Dunn adds:
"I've never come across the log book mentioned in the report. Someone on the team read some Japanese for this comment was made: "As accurately as could be determined this airplane was being delivered to a Japanese reconnaissance wing when it was discovered. I don't know if this means something in the log suggested this or it was surmise based on the 'new' condition of the a/c, its lack of armament or some other circumstance. Well, there are a few answers but they seem to raise even more interesting questions!

Brian Bennett adds:
"It looks like a pitpit swamp. I expect that the engine was torn off on it bellying in and I see that the left hand horizontal stabilizer has gone as well."

References
Production figures of the Mitsubishi Ki.46 by Jim Long
Thanks to Richard Dunn for ATIU report on this wreck

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January 31, 2018

 

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