Built by Kyushu. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 2 Primary Trainer Model 11 / K9W1 Momiji.
At the end of the Pacific War, this aircraft was surrendered to the Allies and flown to Tebrau Airfield by a Japanese pilot
At Tebrau Airfield, painted in Royal Air Force (RAF) markings and with ATAIU-SEA (Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit–South East Asia) painted in white on the fuselage in white. This aircraft was one of sixty-four aircraft were selected for shipment to the United Kingdom but due to limited shipping space only four were actually shipped including A6M5 Zero, Ki-46-III Dinah 5439, Ki-100-1b 8476M and this aircraft.
It is believed this aircraft arrived in the United Kingdom during February 1947. Sometime afterwards, damaged during a fire and scrapped.
Some sources misidentify this airrcraft as a "Cypress" or use the Allied code name for the type. In fact, this was a K9W1 Momiji.
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November 24, 2018