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  Ki-49-I Helen Manufacture Number 174  
? Sentai

Pilot  ? (KIA)
Crashed  June 20, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima.

Wartime History
On June 20, 1943 took off on a bombing mission against Darwin. Over the target, this bomber was shot down and crashed near Koolpinyah near Darwin.

After the crash, this bomber site was investigated by Allied Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU)

Richard Dunn adds:
"No. 174 (according to Allied crash intel) was the one found near Darwin. There were 129 model I's built. Assuming they started with 101 that would make No. 174 a Model I. Of course if they started at 001 it wouldn't be. The Allied crash report stated it had the 1450 hp engines (which would make it a model II). Now to confuse matters even more I have found evidence of additional a/c with three digit serial numbers. A captured doc references a Ki-49 330. Allied crash intel also found documents regarding other 300 series a/c (assumed they were model I's because they didn't model I production was only 129 machines. Maybe some data plates left off the 3--- before the other digits. Conundrum."

Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information
"Nakajima Ki-49 Serial Numbers" by Jim Long for production data
Darwin's Air War (Revised Edition) page 79

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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