It is possible this Rex was assigned to the 951st Kōkūtai.
Jim Long adds:
"Akimoto reports that Air Group 951 had 24 Rex aircraft on 15 December 1944, but by 1 July 1945 these N1K1s had been removed from the unit. That may be why the tail markings on the Rex aircraft captured appear to be painted over. They may not have been assigned to any air unit at the end of the war."
After surrender, four N1K1 Rex were collected at Kowa and shipped to the United States for technical evaluation.
In 1946, displayed outdoors at NAS Willow Grove. While displayed, markings were gray with nose number 44 and remained on display until 1982.
During 1982, restored by NAS Willow Grove and painted in dark green markings with X-121 on the tail and a white and orange fuselage stripe. Later, it was transfered to National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMNA) where it is in storage.
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January 9, 2018