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  Ki-48-I Lily Manufacture Number 484  
JAAF
75th Sentai (?)

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Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki. True serial number 84. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to an unknown Sentai operating in New Guinea, possibly the 75th Sentai. No known tail markings.

This bomber was painted with gray paint overall with green stripes on the upper surfaces, spray paint applied "snake weave". This aircraft had a yellow horizontal band at 2/3 fin height. The main landing gear doors had "84" (last two digits of the manufacture number) in six inch tall digits. The leading edge of the wings had a orange leading edge.

Wartime History
During 1943, this aircraft crashed in a gully behind Danip Airfield (Alexishafen I) near Alexishafen. Likely, this bomber was operating from Danip Airfield or Alexishafen Airfield (Alexishafen II) and crash landed while on landing finals. During the crash, the tail broke off and came to rest upside down behind the aircraft.

Wreckage
This aircraft remains in situ spanning the edges of a gully. No bombs were aboard. The bomber had traces of gray paint and green striped upper surfaces are present on the wreckage.

References
Charles Darby noted manufacture number and markings
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 40 (lower), 78 (lower)

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January 31, 2018

 

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