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.
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.
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.
CEAR (Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report) No.17
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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January 9, 2018