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Ozatwar

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Gidday All,

I'm interested in research of the various Japanese aircraft that were recovered by the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit ATAIU based at Hangar 7 at Eagle Farm Airfield in Brisbane, in the state of Queensland, Australia during WWII.

Hangar 7 is heritage listed and is one of two WWII Hangars remaining at the site of the former Eagle Farm airfield.

I'm currently trying to research a Japanese "Dinah" which was supposedly recovered and was started to be rebuilt in Hangar 7 but was sent to Anacostia NAS, Washington D.C. before it was completed.

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Love your website! Very nice work on that.

There is one Dinah mentioned in the War Prizes book (photo below), but you probably already know about that one.

Mitsubishi Ki-46 Mark II Dinah (Japanese serial 2846?) with US serial TAIC10. Captured at Hollandia, New Guinea then eventually shipped to NAS Anacostia. Later went to USAAF.

Two more Ki-46 mentioned, but not much info. Post-war US Navy tested:
Ki-46 Mark IIIs -- US serials FE-4801 and FE-4802. Both scrapped at Park Ridge circa 1950.

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Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Army Type 100 Air Defence Fighter (Serial No. 2846), codenamed "Dinah".  This aircraft (pictured in previous post) was captured at Hollandia in New Guinea is Sep 1944 and made airworthy by the 13th BS, 3rd BG whose "Grim Reaper" insignia was applied to the nose.   It was assigned code TAIC 10 and is shown here in USAAF markings before being shipped to USA.  It was test flown at Patuxtent, NAS Anacostia and Eglin AFB. 

 Five Dinahs were brought to the USA, including Ki-46-III, USAAF FE-4801 and FE-4802 both scrapped at Park Ridge ca. 1950, FE-4806 scrapped at Newark, FE-4807 scrapped at Middletown and Ki-46-IV, FE-4812 scrapped at Middletown. 


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I believe this was posted before, but here it is again

I have researched the beginning of wreck chasing in the Pacific by Technical Air Intelligence personnel during World War Two.  I have also gone further by tracking down rare photographs and illustrating the subject. The combatants made major efforts to hunt down, capture, and study aircraft of their adversaries. The allies employed Technical Air Intelligence Units (TAIU) whose specific job was to recover and gather captured aircraft for study of their technical and tactical capabilities. Personnel assigned to these units were the first U.S. military personnel whose specific job was wreck chasing.  This story goes into detail about how and when they were formed and the problems they encountered while wreck chasing in the Pacific during World War Two.  The story mainly covers American analysis of Japanese aircraft, but I have also included Japanese investigations and aircraft salvage information.  Please read the story and learn how it all got started.

     Notes: The story is 34 pages long. Thanks to check six for hosting the article   

Follow the link to it:

http://www.check-six.com/lib/TAI_-_Wreckchasing_in_the_Pacific_during_WWII.pdf

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Gidday Chris and Dave,

Many thanks for your replies. I am a member of the Eagle Farm Aviation Society EFAS here in Brisbane, Australia. A number of our members are US based relatives of ex USAAF members of ATAIU. The McCoy, Gessel and Grattan families in particular.

EFAS is dedicated towards ensuring that the heritage-listed Hangar 7 at the site of the former WWII Eagle Farm Airfield in Brisbane is preserved.

http://www.hangar7.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/HangarNo7

 Hangar 7 as you would know is where a number of captured Japanese aircraft were rebuilt and tested by the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit. I actually visited Hangar 7 on Friday.

 I am currently putting the finishing touches on a very large PowerPoint on ATAIU and Hangar 7. Over 160 slides!! Lots of photos. 

 I’m delivering that talk at Archerfield Airfield on 24 July. I do WWII Talks around Brisbane. 

 We have lots of information about the "Zeke 32", the "Oscar" and the "Tony" that were rebuilt there at Hangar 7 but nothing on a Dinah that was supposedly partially rebuilt there before being relocated to Anacostia. 

We've also recently sourced some very nice WWII movie footage of the "Zeke 32" on the ground at Hangar 7 and flying around Brisbane.

I have an extensive collection of ATAIU / Hangar 7 photos, over 700 photos roughly, and numerous official documents from Australian archival sources.

I'm hoping to connect up with someone in the US who has a similar research interest and is willing to share information sourced from archives in the USA with my Australian sourced records.


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There might be some available documents here:

http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/

For example:

http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/data/000/253/021.xml

http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/data/002/007/445.xml

http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/data/000/259/759.xml

You just have to find the right search word.

I got some great reports from them on a captured N. Korean IL-10 Shturmovik that had been assessed and flight tested at Wright-Patt.   I don't remember what they cost (not more than $40).

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Ozatwar

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Gidday Chris 

Many thanks. Shame you have to pay for them. We have some excellent, mostly free archives here in Australia which the people on this message board may not be aware of.

National Archives of Australia

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/

A search for "Technical Air Intelligence" on that site returns 118 hits, 20 of which are already digitised and able to be downloaded. Just click on the top of the "Digitised Item" column to bring all the digitised files to the top of the list.



Another useful free site is Trove Picture web site

http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture?q=

A search using "Technical Air Intelligence" brings up 3,091 hits.



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Using the Trove Picture web site I found this Dinah at Gasmata Airfield.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/016921/

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Thanks for the web links
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I did an interview with ABC Radio here in Brisbane last year about Hangar 7 and the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit ATAIU at Eagle Farm airfield in Brisbane during WWII.

See link below, and at the moment it is the 5th interview down the list. This may change as they add more interviews.

http://www.canvaswings.com/listen/



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