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  Ki-49-II Helen Manufacture Number 3342 Tail 2
USAAF
20th Dokuritsu
Hiko Chutai

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Australian Army
July 10, 1944

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Brian Bennett 1979

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Phil Bradley 1996

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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
This aircraft was abandoned at Awar Airfield near Hansa Bay. The nose was damaged likely from a parafrag bomb that exploded above while parked.

Wreckage
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 Allied intelligence personnel who noted the manufacture number as 3342.

Wreckage
This aircraft remains in situ at Awar Airfield.

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."

References
Pacific Ghosts CD-ROM depicts this aircraft
"Nakajima Ki-49 Serial Numbers" by Jim Long for production data

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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