Built by Kawasaki. This aircraft was likely manufacture number 205, 387, 442, 479 or 534. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 45th Sentai.
This aircraft was painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. The leading edge of the wings had a yellow identification stripe. The fuselage Hinomaru had a white outline and a white vertical stripe on the rear fuselage.
This aircraft was abandoned at Munda Airfield either due to force landing with damage or was disabled while parked on the ground.
On August 5, 1943 captured by the U. S. Army at Munda Airfield. This aircraft was captured largely intact, with the tail rudder fabric missing. Afterwards, studied by Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU) personnel.
Later, both engines were removed and the fuselage was moved among other captured aircraft and later moved closer to the shoreline, possibly to be transported to Guadalcanal. The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown. Likely, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
January 9, 2018