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Old 5th January 2021, 17:19
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9th Sentai plane - which type?

Gentlemen,


I just browsed to my picture collection and stumbled on this old one (unfortunately I do not recall where I found it) - It shows a fighter with the markings of the 9th Sentai and it looks like a Ki-43 at first glance. But did 9th Sentai flew this type? Could this be a Ki-44 in the photo?


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Old 5th January 2021, 18:11
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

Hello Christian,


I say this without any degree of certainty, but doesn't the all red (?) tail point to a later period and the Ki-84 :


https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Ki-84/Ki...a-1945-01.html


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Old 5th January 2021, 18:20
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

Hey Clint,


I have ruled out a Ki-84 already because of the two-piece canopy, one of the few features which are recognizable with some certainty. The plane in the background is a Ki-84 though. (And I think the tail of "our" plane is just green)...
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Old 5th January 2021, 18:34
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

Hi Christian,


Well then I guess,if you're certain about the canopy then Ki-43 becomes more likely. Did 9 Sentai use green as a chutai colour? I was assuming that the aircraft was from 1 Chutai, hence my supposition about red.


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Apologies Christian, you meant normal camouflage green, having read this again.



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Old 5th January 2021, 20:05
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

Yes I did normal camo, sorry if I wasn't clearer.
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Old 5th January 2021, 20:58
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

Looks like a Ki-43 to me as well, with what may be an antennae just forward of the wind screen. The Ki-84 typically has an antennae behind the canopy.
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

The 9th flew Ki.27s, 44s and 84s ( and Ki.10s pre-war) all in China; Nick Millman says they had some Ki.43s assigned in 1944 to make up numbers.
The tail emblem is the Kanji for "9".
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

Thanks for the info about the Ki-43, Nick. Guess the one in the picture is one of those..
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Re: 9th Sentai plane - which type?

My own impression is that it is a Ki-43 without a propeller parked in front
of a Ki-84
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