Built by Mitsubishi at the Oe-machi plant. This aircraft was a Ki-46 Model II, manufacture number unknown (four digit). Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) to the 76th Dokuritsu Dai Chutai (Independent Squadron). Painted with overall gray. On the tail was the "S" unit marking and on the rear fuselage a vertical white stripe.
This aircraft was abandoned
at Gasmata Airfield on West New Britain. On April 11, 1944 captured by the Australian Army in relatively intact condition.
Brian Bennett adds:
"[In the 1960s] This Ki-46 was at its original position
near the strip before it was moved to the area between G3M2 Nell 3617 and the B5N Kate. I first saw the aircraft at Gasmata in mid-1972 I think it was.
There were more bits of wreckage around the place in those days. The
Ki-46 when I last saw it back in the late 90's was very sad having been
dragged or pushed into a bomb crater which was being used as a rubbish
and grass burn pit."
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 32 (lower photo, 1944), 60 (upper)
Thanks to Ray Fairfield, Charles Darby, Brian Bennett and John Douglas for additional information
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January 31, 2018