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  Ki-48-II Lily Manufacture Number 1342  
JAAF
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Michael Freeman 1944

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Colin Jermy 1979

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Justin Taylan 1993
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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki. True Serial number 342. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 99 Light Bomber Kyu Kyu Sohkei / Ki-48 Lily manufacture number 1342. Flown from Japan to New Guinea.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Sentai (Flying Regiment) in New Guinea. This Lily was likely damaged and abandoned on the north side of the runway at Alexishafen Airfield (Alexishafen No. 2).

Wreckage
On April 26, 1944 this Lily was captured by the Australian Army 30th Battalion when they occupied the area. This Lily was largely intact standing on its landing gear at Alexishafen Airfield (Alexishafen No. 2).

On June 28, 1944 a team from Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) visited Alexishafen Airfield and counted thirty-six wrecks at both runways. This Lily was photographed and the manufacture number 1342 recorded. When photographed, one propeller blade on the right engine was cut, possibly by Allied personnel as a souvenir.

Until the late 1970s, this Lily remained in situ at Alexishafen Airfield (Alexishafen No. 2). At some point afterwards, most of the upper aircraft was cut up for scrap metal, leaving only the lower half.

Justin Taylan adds:
"I first visited this wreck in 1993. Ten years later, even more was scrapped. All the remaining aluminum was cut from the wings and center section, leaving nothing more than the main spar and frame to identify it as a Lily. Nearby there were remains of anther Lily to is side. All of that wreckage is now gone."

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks (1979) page 47 (lower)
Behind Enemy Lines (1997) page 231 (photo)

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019

 

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