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.
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.
Only the fuselage section remained in situ until 1984.
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
"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
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.
Production figures of the Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony by Jim Long
Papua New Guinea Ki-61 Tonys Move To Precision Aerospace by Robert
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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January 16, 2019