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  Ki-46-II Dinah Manufacture Number 2604  
JAAF
70th Dokuritsu Dai
Shijugo Chutai

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Brian Bennett 1980s
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via Phil Bradley 1988
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Tom McLeod 1999
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Phil Bradley 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Manufacture number 2604. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) to the 70th Dokuritsu Dai Shijugo Chutai (Independent Command Squadron). Painted overall gray. No known markings or tail code.

Wartime History
This aircraft force landed or crash landed wheels up in a flat grass area of Numundo Plantation roughly 100 meters from the north coast of New Britain near present day Kimbe.

Wreckage
This aircraft remains in situ at the Numundo Plantation.

Cecilie Benjamin adds:
"A Korean scrapper took the one at Numundo, the Ki-46. It was known who it was but nothing was done about it by the police. These guys just buy people off if there is ever a problem. There had been some good ones around here I remember in the early 1980's. There were other Japanese aircraft near the beach at Numundo."

Phil Bradley visited in 2001:
"The wreck, a Ki-46 Dinah is a sorry sight compared to what it was. A photo taken in 1988 showed considerable remains, but in the last few years some irresponsible types have got at it. This comparison taken from the same angle clearly shows the deterioration caused by vandals.) Still readily identifiable though."

References
Thanks to Cecilie Benjamin and Phil Bradley for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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