History[edit | edit source]
Built by Nakajima as a Ki-44-II Hei version with C/n 2143. The aircraft had brown-green upper surfaces, light grey-green undersides and the Japanese symbol も ('Mo') on the starboard rudder only. The aircraft shows signs of serious weathering, as it saw previous action over China and Formosa before the unit was transferred to the Philippines in November 1944. It is not known whether the aircraft was ever restored to flying conditions at TAIU-SWPA, but we do know that it got assigned the S18 tail code. Previously C/n 2143 and C/n 2068 (S11) have been mixed-up in research, photographs of what turned out to be C/n 2143 were identified as being from C/n 2068.
References[edit | edit source]
- Brindley, John F. Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki ('Tojo'), Aircraft in Profile no.255. Windsor, Berkshire, UK: Profile Publications Ltd., 1973. No ISBN.
- Bueschel, Richard M. Nakajima Ki.44 Shoki Ia,b,c/IIa,b,c in Japanese Army AIr Force Service. Canterbury, Kent, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 1971. ISBN 0-85045-040-3. (Also published by Atglen, PA: Schiffer Books, 1996. ISBN 0-88740-914-8).
- Ferkl, Martin. Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (in English). Ostrava, Czech Republic: Revi Publications, 2009. ISBN 80-85957-15-9.
- Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1970 (second edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6.
- Green, William. War Planes of the Second World War, Volume Three: Fighters. London: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1961 (seventh impression 1973). ISBN 0-356-01447-9.
- Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. WW2 Aircraft Fact Files: Japanese Army Fighters, Part 2. London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1977. ISBN 0-354-01068-9.
- "Nakajima Ki.44 (鍾馗 : 二式単座戦闘機. / Shōki : nishiki tanza sentōki.)" (in Japanese). Maru Mechanic No. 9, March 1978.
- Millman, Nicholas. Aircraft of the Aces 100: Ki-44 "Tojo" Aces of World War 2. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2011. ISBN 978-1-84908-440-6.