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This 19th Sentai aircraft (the markings of its previous unit, the 55th Sentai, were still faintly visible on the aircrafts tail while still in Japanese markings) was captured by the US Marines at Yontan airfield on Okinawa in 1945 and restored to flying status by personnel of VMF-322 and VMF-323, complete with blue fuselage, white tail, horizontal stabilizors and engine band and red spinner, rudder and elevators and US markings, becoming known as the Yontan Tony[1], Tony Toy or Flying Toy.[2] The only damage done to the aircraft was one shot to the radiator. The aircraft was most likely scrapped when the Marines at Yontan and Kadena airfields ran out of Ki-61 spare parts.

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