Saturday, 10 December 2011

Kawasaki Ki-48 (Lily) - 九九式双発軽爆撃機

January 1945, Clark airfield, Luson, Philippines.
A Kawasaki Ki-48-IIa "99 shokei", belonging to the 208th Sentai has just been captured by advancing US forces and is put aside for evaluation.

The unit was decimated during the battle for New Guinea, was reduced to transport duties during the Philippine campaign and operated only a small number of Lilys. Considering this, the color of the simplified white tail marking didn't indicate any particular chutai.

Overall color is "hairyokushoku" (gray-green) with green "madara" (mottled) camo applied by airbrush. Brown prop & spinner.
Photo: NARA

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