Built by Nakajima during early October 1943. Uncoded serial number 342. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 20th Dokuritsu Hiko
Chutai (20th Independent Flying Company). The tail had the "Z" inside a circle unit motif painted in yellow with aircraft number 2 painted in yellow.
This aircraft was abandoned at Awar
Airfield near Hansa Bay. The nose was damaged likely from a parafrag bomb that exploded above while parked.
During early June 1944 captured by the Australian Army. At least two photographs were taken of the abandoned bomber: front view with a fuel bowser and right side among palm trees. On June 24, 1944 inspected by
intelligence personnel who noted the manufacture
This aircraft remains in situ at Awar
Justin Taylan visited the wreck in 2003:
"By comparing wartime photo to present
day, the engines and propellers have both been removed, as well as the
outer wing panels. The remains of the fuel bowser are still in front
of it too."
Pacific Ghosts CD-ROM depicts this aircraft
"Nakajima Ki-49 Serial Numbers" by Jim Long for production data
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January 31, 2018