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Built by Mitsubishi at Dotokua plant during the end of December 1943. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 100 Command Reconnaissance Aircraft / Ki-46 Dinah manufacture number 2783.
Assigned to an unknown Sentai and operated from Rabaul. By August 1945, this Dinah was one of the last flyable Japanese aircraft that remained at Rabaul.
After Japan's surrender on August 15, 1945, this aircraft was painted in surrender markings: overall white with green crosses. When the Australian Army occupied Rabaul, the Japanese requested permission to surrender their remaining aircraft to the Air Force. Their request was granted and Japanese pilots were allowed to fly the aircraft to the nearest Allied airfield.
On September 18, 1945 took off from Vunakanau Airfield piloted by Captain Nario Iwanaga. The formation included three fighters piloted by P.O. Gensaku Aoki, P. O. Yoshio Otsuki and P. O. Yasushi Shimbo flying A6M5 Zero 4043, A6M3 Zero 3479 and A6M5 Zero 4444. The Japanese aircraft were escorted by sixteen RAAF fighters to Jacquinot Bay Airfield. After landing, the pilots saluted, made a report then were flown back to Rabaul aboard a RNZAF Catalina.
Brian Bennett adds:
Instead, the container was impounded by the PNG Museum and their ownership disputed in court. Reportedly, the case was resolved in a local court case ending in 2005 and the container was exported to Australia. This recovery was cited as an illegal recovery in the PNG Government Public Accounts Committee Report in 2006.
Later, transported to New Zealand and placed into storage and offered for sale. Today, this Kate is reportedly in New Zealand and being offered for sale.
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