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.
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.
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."
Bradley visited in 2001:
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."
Cecilie Benjamin and
Bradley for additional information
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January 9, 2018