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  Ki-46-III Dinah Manufacture Number 5439  
JAAF
81st Sentai
3rd Chutai

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RAF c1945

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Steve Dodd 2003

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Phil Bradley 2005

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Dotokua plant during late December 1944. At the factory, painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. The fuselage Hinomaru had a white border and the rear fuselage had a thin white vertical stripe. The leading edge of each wing had a yellow recognition stripe. Delivered to the JAAF (JAAF) as Type 100 Command Reconnaissance Aircraft Shinshitei / Ki-46-III Dinah manufacture number 5439.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 81st Sentai, 3rd Chutai. The tail had the unit's motif in red outlined in orange. This Dinah survived until the end of the Pacific War. During early September 1945 after the official surrender of Japan, flown by a Japanese pilot to Tebrau Airfield to surrender to the British. Afterwards, painted with a Royal Air Force (RAF) roundels with ATAIU-SEA (Air Technical Intelligence Unit - South East Asia) added to the fuselage.

Postwar
This Dinah was one of four Japanese aircraft shipped to the United Kingdom arriving in 1946. Afterwards, displayed at RAF Biggin Hill then RAF St. Athan where it was placed into storage until 1989.

Restoration
In 1989, after the closing of the St. Athan collection, transferred to Aerospace Museum at Cosford (RAF Cosford) and underwent restoration between 1992–1994 with the financial support from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Display
Since 1994, displayed at Aerospace Museum at Cosford (RAF Cosford) painted in the original Japanese markings with a plaque identifying the plane as "Dinah III".

References
Production figures of the Mitsubishi Ki.46 by Jim Long
Aero Detail #32: Kawasaki Ki-100 Type 5
Thanks to Steve Dodd, Cosford Museum for additional information.

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April 8, 2021

 

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