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  Ki-51 Sonia Manufacture Number 1081  
JAAF
? Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi estimated assembly date middle of July 1943. Unknown if this aircraft was a reconnaissance version or assault version. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) to ? Sentai.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield, estimated to be unserviceable before May 1, 1944.

Wreckage
Inspected by Allied intelligence personnel after the area was captured by the Allies, and at least one nameplate was recovered from the wreckage, and reported in Japanese Aircraft Plates and Markings Card (JAPMC) #15319.

In the 1970s, Charles Darby also located this manufacture number on scraps of metal from this wreckage, at the eastern edge of Danip Airfield (Alexishafen II, Figher Strip).

Charles Darby adds:
"The other Ki-51s [955, 1081, 1242] that I was able to identify consisted of little more than scraps of wreckage that could have been carried in the trunk of a car, and all were close to the main road [eastern edge] at the [Danip] fighter strip."

References
Production Record of the Type 99 Assault / Recon Plane by Jim Long
Japanese Aircraft Plates and Markings Card (JAPMC) #15319

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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