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  Ki-48-I Lily Manufacture Number 534  
JAAF
45th Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki. True serial number 34. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 45th Sentai. No known markings.

Wartime History
This aircraft was abandoned at Munda Airfield either due to force landing with damage or was disabled while parked on the ground.

Wreckage
On August 5, 1943 this aircraft was captured by the U. S. Army at Munda Airfield. Possibly, this aircraft was Ki-48 (White Stripe) or Ki-48 (Square Hinomaru).

Afterwards, studied by Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU) personnel who estimated the assembly date of this bomber as January 1942. The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Parts of the bomber were recovered including a rib from the left wing, piece of main spar and fuel tank cover. The recovered pieces were transported to the United States for metallurgical tests.

Jim Long adds:
"The metallurgical testing was written up in TAIC Report #27, January 1944. Pieces of three different planes were reported on in this one document in an unsatisfactory way."

References
CEAR #17 mentions this aircraft
TAIC Report #27 January 1944 mentions this aircraft
Thanks to Jim Long and Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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