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Old 3rd April 2019, 04:30
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Ki43 Wreck

Picture of a Ki-43-II with interesting fuselage markings.
Any ideas as to identity?
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Old 14th April 2019, 13:49
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Re: Ki43 Wreck

White fuselage combat stripe near tail is standard. The two "red?" fuselage stripes infront of Hinomaru roundel signify leader of 2nd Chutai/Squadron.

It actually looks like the rear half of a 59th Sentai (often solid green) added to the front half of a later Ki-43! From the assorted wrecks in the photo that is a possibility!

Front half appears to have underwing racks so is probably a late Ki-43-IIb that means ~March 1944 production. Appears to be in New Guinea, my first guess is 248th Sentai as some of their planes had part unpainted fuselages and were there at that time.
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Old 21st April 2019, 10:21
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Re: Ki43 Wreck

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Front half appears to have underwing racks so is probably a late Ki-43-IIb that means ~March 1944 production. Appears to be in New Guinea, my first guess is 248th Sentai as some of their planes had part unpainted fuselages and were there at that time.
Michael, welcome to the forum!

Using your forum nickname, I found your excellent website and a full summary of A6M Zero production which I have never seen before. A very good piece of research:
https://mysimtech.wordpress.com/ww2aircraft/11000zero/

May I follow up the sources for your review of USAAF aircraft strength in the Pacific? I am referring to the following link, of course:
https://mysimtech.wordpress.com/ww2aircraft/ww2-usaaf/

You will not yet be able to use the forum's private message function, so you contact me by e-mail, my address is available at the following link, courtesy of Michael Holm - http://www.ww2.dk/Luftwaffe%20Research.html

Kind regards,

Dan

P.S. I have copied Michael's summary of Ki-43 specifications here for those who have not seen it before:


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