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  Ki-84-I Ko Frank Manufacture Number 1446 Tail S17
11th Sentai
2nd Chutai

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ATIU 1945

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Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima Hikoki K.K. At the factory, painted with dark green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 4 Fighter Hayate / Ki-84-I Ko (Frank) manufacture number 1446.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Hiko Sentai (11th Flying Regiment), 2nd Chutai. The tail had the motif of a lightning bolt in red with a white outline. This Frank operated from Clark Field. By January 1945 abandoned largely intact.

On January 31, 1945 captured by the U.S. Army at Clark Field. Afterwards, evaluated by the Allied Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) and repaired to flying status for flight testing. This Frank was stripped to bare aluminum finish with a black upper cowling and U.S. star and bar insignia on the wings and fuselage. Tail code S17 with "Allied Technical Intelligence Unit" with a red and white rudder outlined in red. Later, a red spinner and front edge of the engine cowl.

After the end of the Pacific War, this Frank was embarked aboard USS Long Island (CVE-1) and transported on the flight deck across the Pacific to the United States for technical evaluation and later was placed into storage.

During 1952, sold as surplus to Edward Maloney owner of the Ontario Air Museum (Planes of Fame Museum) who restored it to flying condition and repainted the plane in Japanese markings. Registered in the United States as N3385G. This Frank was displayed at Planes of Fame Museum.

During 1978, shipped to Japan and displayed at Arashiyama Museum until it closed in 1991.

Today at Chiran Kamikaze Peace Hall displayed atop a platform painted in the original markings of the 11th Sentai, 1st Chutai with a tail motif of a lightning bolt in white. It is unclear why the the wrong tail motif was painted, as the original plane it was red with white outline for the 2nd Chutai. This is the only surviving Ki-84 known to exist.

Thanks to Edward Maloney and Tony Feredo for additional information

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July 30, 2023


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