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  Ki-61-Ia Tony Manufacture Number 299  
JAAF
68th Sentai
or 78th Sentai

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Justin Taylan 2000

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Robert Greinert 2002

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Mick Grinter 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki during May 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 199.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) to the 68th Sentai or 78th Sentai. No known nickname or nose art. Abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield.

Wreckage
Only the fuselage section remained in situ until 1984.

Recovery
Recovered in 1984 by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on behalf of the PNG Museum along with Ki-43 5465 collected by the Australian War Memorial. These aircraft were transported on RAN Australian Naval Landing Ship Heavy Balikpapan along with A-20G "Hell N' Pelican" 42-86786.

Bruce Hoy, former PNG Museum curator adds:
"My name was spray painted on the side, during the transport to the PNG Museum. The War Memorial chaps could not spell Port Moresby either, spelling it 'Morseby', which was a bit of an embarrassment."

PNG Museum Display
During 1984 to 2002 displayed at the PNG Museum.

Removal to Australia
During 2002, removed from the PNG Museum by Robert Greinert / HARS and exported to Australia. Reportedly it was to be restored for the PNG Museum. During June 2004, transported to Precision Aerospace.

References
Papua New Guinea Ki-61 Tonys Move To Precision Aerospace by Robert Greinert
Papua New Guinea (PNG) Public Accounts Committee (PAC) "Inquiry into the National Museum and Art Gallery and the Sale and Export of the Swamp Ghost Aircraft" Final Report, page 90 (Ki-61 Tony 299)
Flight Journal "Return of the Swallow (Hein)" August 2013
Thanks to Bruce Hoy for additional information

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May 22, 2017

 

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