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  Ki-61-II Tony Manufacture Number 484  
JAAF
78th Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki during September 1943. Uncoded serial number 384. Equipped 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.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 3 Fighter Hein / Ki-61-II Tony manufacture number 484. Assigned to the 78th Sentai with a yellow horizontal stripe on the tail. The landing gear doors had "84" (last two digits of the manufacture number) painted in orange-yellow.

Wartime History
During late 1943 or early 1944, this aircraft was likely damaged on the ground and abandoned at Danip Airfield (Alexishafen II, No 1) near Alexishafen.

Wreckage
Until at least the late 1970s, this aircraft remained in situ at Danip Airfield (Alexishafen II, No 1). The aircraft included the intact wings, nose cowing with the engine and the broken off tail section with a yellow horizontal stripe.

Charles Darby noted:
Lemon-yellow horizontal band at 2/3 fin height [up from horizontal stabilizer]. [No. '84'] in 6" [high, lemon]-yellow, figures on main u/c doors with orange-yellow leading edges."

References
Production figures of the Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony by Jim Long
Charles Darby noted the manufacture number, tail markings and aircraft number 84.
Thanks to Charles Darby for additional information

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Last Updated
December 9, 2018

 

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