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Built by Tachikawa. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Army Type 1 Advanced Trainer / Ki-54 Hickory manufacture number 5541. Assigned to the 74th Corps (北部第74部隊), Army Aviation Squadron 38. Painted overall gray with a white band around the fuselage. The tail had the red kanji marking of the 74th Corps with a yellow tip.
Fates of the Crew
During November 2010, another survey was conducted and the remains of three missing crew members were found and a video was released to the public.
On the tail are the markings of the 74th Corps. The fuselage has a white stripe and Hinomaru markings clearly visible on the sides of the fuselage. The control surfaces are rotted away. There was little corrosion of the fuselage with water temperature of four or five degrees Celsius and fresh water conditions.
After discovery, Negotiations with the local government to salvage the aircraft were undertaken during 2010-2012. The high cost of salvage and depth of water were mitigating factors.
On September 5, 2012 the fuselage center section was raised to the surface using air bags. The tail section broke off during the salvage and was raised separately using air bags and a crane. It is unclear if the engines were salvaged or left on the bottom.
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