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Japanese aircraft captured at Lae Airfield
Listing of the aircraft captured on September 16, 1943

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 5639 Tail V-1??
Force landed at the seaward edge of Lae Airfield.

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number ? Tail V-136
Rear fuselage broken, abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 4688 Tail V-179
Houkoku Number 490, abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 4698
Houkoku Number 500, abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 5779 Tail V-171
Houkoku Number 550, abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3035 Tail 2-181
Houkoku Number 877. Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3026 Tail Q-111
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3017
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture 3268 Tail 2-152
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

G3M2 Nell Manufacture Number 460 Tail G-315
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

G3M2 Nell Manufacture Number 462 Tail G-375
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

G3M3 Nell Manufacture Number 6346 Tail 325
Abandoned at Lae Airfield, captured intact.

G4M1 Betty Manufacture Number 3187
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

G4M Betty Manufacture Number 5209
Abandoned at Lae Airfield  Built Jan 28, 1942. Written off May 28, 1942.

G4M Betty Manufacture Number 1450
Abandoned at Lae Airfield  Built Oct 1942. Written off January 2, 1943.

G4M Betty Manufacture Number 1645
Abandoned at Lae Airfield  Built Feb 25, 1943. Written off May 23, 1943.

G4M1 Betty Tail Number F-331
Abandoned at Lae Airfield, mostly intact.

G4M1 Betty Tail Number F-358
Abandoned at Lae Airfield, tail section only.

G4M1 Betty Tail Number F-32?
Abandoned at Lae Airfield, tail section only.

G6M1-L Betty Manufacture Number 714 Tail P-911
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

G6M1-L Betty Manufacture Number 419 Tail R-902
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

D3A2 Val Manufacture Number 3030
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

D3A2 Val Manufacture Number 3033
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

D3A2 Val Manufacture Number 3023 Tail 2-227
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Ki-21-IIb Sally Manufacture Number 4318 Tail 14
Abandoned at Lae Airfield, tail section only.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 400
Built April 1942. 11th Sentai, operated out of Lae doing convoy protection in early 1943.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 426
Abandoned at Lae. Built April 1942.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 466
Abandoned at Lae. Built late May 1942.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 622
Abandoned at Lae. Built August 1942.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 779
Abandoned at Lae. Built late November 1942.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 805
Abandoned at Lae. Built December 1942.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number ???
One of the captured Ki-43-I Oscars (likely 400, 426, 622, 779 or 805) shipped to Australia for technical evaluation.

Ki-43-II Oscar Manufacture Number 5078
Abandoned at Lae. Built December 1942. One tank marked 100 octane.

Ki-46 Dinah Manufacture Number 2251
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Ki-48-II Lily Manufacture Number 1252 Tail 52
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Ki-48-II Lily Manufacture Number 1245
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Ki-51B Sonia Manufacture Number 2278
Abandoned at Lae Airfield. Missing wings and resting on oil drums at the airfield.

Ki-61-Ia Tony Manufacture Number 183
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Ki-61-Ia Tony Manufacture Number 244
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Ki-61-Ia Tony Manufacture Number 276
Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

References
CEAR (Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report) No.17
This document notes a total of at least 80 wrecks, including: 2 G6M1-L; 9 G4M1/2; 1 Ki-46; 7 A6M3/32; 2 Ki-45; 3 G3M2; 12 Ki-43/I; 3 Ki-43/II; 1 Ki-21; 1 Ki-51; 3 Ki-61; 2 D3A1; 4 D3A2; 17 A6M2 (Mitsubishi); and 13 A6M2 (Nakajima).
Thanks to Richard Dunn, Richard Leahy Jim Long and Jim Lansdale for additional information

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