Force landed in Kunai grass, east of Saidor at
Bialu Plantation. The center section was burned during the crash, or
destroyed by the crew or later strafing.
Remains to this day.
Charles Darby adds:
"The Jupna River area is between Saidor and the Huon Peninsula. The Ki-49 was on the plains about an hour's walk in from the coast, and more or less directly seaward of the mountain village of Tep Tep. I have an uncomfortable feeling that the Jupna Plains Ki-49 was one of the airframes that I couldn't identify. It looked great in early-1970s aerial photos that various people showed me, but when I walked out to it in 1974 I found that, as usually happens with aircraft left in open areas, it had been so badly damaged by grass fires that all markings had been destroyed and the structure was heavily corroded as a result of the absence of the protective coatings that had been removed by the fires, even though those fires had done relatively little damage to the basic structure of the aircraft (from an appearance viewpoint, not from an airworthiness viewpoint)."
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January 31, 2018