Monday, 31 March 2008

Ki-15 in Malaya


This small photograph, taken in Malaya at the end of the war, shows a derelict Ki-15 'Babs' reconnaissance aeroplane in an unusual camouflage scheme. The BBC identified it as a "Mitsubishi Zero"!

Image credit: ©BBC 2008

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great find, Nick.

Ken Glass

Anonymous said...

Are there any other views of this machine that would confirm it as a Ki.15-I or Ki.15-II? It appears to have a white tip or stripe at the top of its vertical fin.

Ken Glass

Straggler 脱走兵 said...

Sorry Ken, only the one that I could find and not a very clear shot at that. Agree the white fin tip. The tight mottle is exceptionally neatly and skillfully applied, reminding me of a similar camouflage pattern seen on some 50th Sentai Ki-43 II in Burma. A local depot "house style" perhaps?

Lee said...

Hi anyone have any idea if there is anymore crash site in malaya?

Dave Mazierski said...

All Japanese single engine planes are Zeros, just like all German tanks are Tigers...