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  P1Y1 Francis   Code FE 702
IJN
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USAAF 1946

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Aircraft History
Built by Yokosuka. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Wartime History
The wartime history of this aircraft is unknown.

During the American occupation of Japan, this aircraft was one of three P1Y1 Francis captured by U. S. forces. The three aircraft were identified as FE (Foreign Equipment) with a number: FE 1700, FE 1701, and this aircraft coded FE 702 . During late October 1945, loaded onto the USS Barnes CVE-20 and departed Japan on November 3, 1945 bound for the United States.

Postwar
During February to July 1946, this aircraft was stored at Olmstead Field in Middletown, Pennsylvania where it was flown and evaluated.

During September 1948, FE 702 was transferred the Smithsonian Institution. In January 1949, the aircraft was transported to Orchard Airport at Park Ridge, Illinois and stored in a temporary storage facility. During the 1950s, this aircraft was transfered from the U. S. Air Force (USAF) to the National Air Museum (National Air & Space Museum) and transfered to a storage site in Suitland, Maryland.

Today
Afterwards, the fuselage was placed into storage at the NASM Paul E. Garber Facility.

References
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum - P1Y1 Ginga (Milky Way) FRANCIS

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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