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  Ki-61-Ia Tony Manufacture Number 347  
JAAF
68th Sentai
or 78th Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki during June 1943. Uncoded serial number 247. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Ki-61-II Tony manufacture number 521. This aircraft had "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.

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. This aircraft was abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield.

Charles Darby noted the manufacture number 347 and adds:
"Engine #960, Fitted with tail plane of Ki-61 367 and left lower u/c door of Ki-61 278. [No. '347' painted in] vermillion on main u/c doors."

References
Production figures of the Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony by Jim Long
Thanks to Charles Darby for additional information

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Last Updated
January 17, 2019

 

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