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  Ki-48-II Lily Manufacture Number 1199  
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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki, completed during November 1942. True serial number 199. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 99 Light Bomber / Ki-48-II Lily manufacture number 1199. One engine was Ha-115 serial number 173 manufactured by the Musashino factory in June 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Sentai operating in New Guinea. This bomber was painted overall gray with mottled green spots added overtop. No known markings or number. During 1943 or early 1944, this Lily was abandoned at Nubia Airfield near Hansa Bay.

On June 14, 1944 Hansa Airfield area was occupied by Australian Army soldiers and several Japanese aircraft wrecks including this Lily were captured. In late June 1944, the Japanese aircraft wrecks were surveyed by Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) that noted the manufacture number 1199 and with a dataplate for engine Ha-115 serial number 173.

This Lily was abandoned at Nubia Airfield. During the middle of 1944 onwards, pieces were likely removed as souvenirs by Allied personnel operating in the area and later by local people. By 2003, this Lily was partially scrapped with one engine still on the mount attached to the wing.

Justin Taylan visited this wreck in 2003:
"Although I observed no dataplates or stencils to confirm this bomber is 1199, it is the only other wreckage of a Lily at the airfield, thus is very likely 1199."

Jim Long adds:
"Another Ki-48 examined at Hansa Bay was No. 1199, from which an engine nameplate was recovered. The engine was Ha 115 No. 173 (an experimental or early-production engine of the run of Type 2 1150 hp engines which powered the Ki-48-II). The engine was made by the Musashino factory of the Nakajima Aircraft Co. in June 1942. The engine was probably original equipment for the bomber."

Type 99 Light Bomber / Ki-48 Lily Production Figures by Jim Long
CEAR "Japanese Aircraft Plates & Markings"
Thanks to Jim Long for additional information

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Last Updated
January 13, 2019


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