Monday 1 August 2022

Japanese aircraft in the Philippines pt.1 - Nakajima Ki-49 "Donryu" (Helen) - 95 Sentai

Recently, we came upon a quite interesting video on UTube, featuring Japanese aircraft found destroyed and abandoned in the Philippines and more specifically, Clark Field. We have presented this subject before, HERE, but this video offers "new" information, at least to us. We will present the video in parts, and we will include a link to the source of the whole video in the last post of this series.

We begin with a Nakajima Ki-49 Model 2 Otsu found derelict in San Manuel airfield. 

It belonged to the 2nd Chutai of the 95th Sentai, as indicated by the red angled band on the fuselage, near the tail; a unique way for the unit to identify itself. 
For the history of the unit, there is a forthcoming publication that describes everything! Stay tuned.

The close-up reveals that the aircraft was first painted overall hairyokushoku (gray), and then its top surfaces were camouflaged with green paint and brown spots.   

No comments: