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  Ki-61-Ia Tony Manufacture Number 183  
JAAF
68th Sentai
or 78th Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki during February 1943 with "Kou" armament of 2 x 12.7mm Ho-103 machine guns in the fuselage forward decking and two 7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns in the wings. Uncoded serial number 83.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to either the 68th Sentai or 78th Sentai. No known nickname or nose art. Sometime between July to August 1943 this aircraft arrived at Lae Airfield and was later abandoned.

Wreckage
During late September 1943, this aircraft was among the Japanese aircraft captured at Lae Airfield. One of three Tonys investigated 'pro forma' by Allied Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU). No markings were noted. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
CEAR (Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report) No.17
"This document notes a total of at least 80 wrecks, including: 3 Ki-61"
Thanks to Richard Dunn, Jim Long and Jim Lansdale for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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