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Nakamura 2017

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Uncoded serial number unknown (three digits). Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 1 fighter / Ki-43-I Oscar manufacture number unknown (three or four digits). Assigned to an unknown Sentai.

Wartime History
The wartime history of this Oscar is unknown. Likely, it operated in New Guinea and was captured by the Allies and transported to Australia. Possibly, this aircraft was Ki-43-I Oscar captured at Lae Airfield and restored at Eagle Farm or a Ki-43 Oscar captured at Hollandia.

Postwar, acquired by the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Until the early 1980s, stored at the Treloar Technology Centre / Australian War Memorial Annex (AWM Annex).

In the early 1982, this Oscar was lent to Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) for restoration in an arrangement between Robert Greinert and John White, but the aircraft remained in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) collection. The Oscar was to be restored by the Society with the museum paying material costs. At that time, the exterior still had traces of the original green paint on the upper surfaces.

Around 2015, this aircraft was sold to Nobuo Harada / Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum) and shipped to Japan. The sale included a tail section with a yellow diagonal stripe likely recovered from Alexishafen Airfield during a ten day salvage during 1984.

During 2015 to 2017, this Oscar was restored to static condition and is part of the Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum).

During August 2017, this Oscar was placed on display at the Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum). It has bare aluminum finish, without any markings with the landing gear retracted and is displayed atop a metal frame to lift it off the ground.

Thanks to Harada Collection (Kawaguchiko Car Museum) / Nobua Harada for additional information

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Last Updated
August 30, 2023


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