After the aircraft was damaged in battle, its pilot landed on July 24, 1945 in the waters of the Bungo Channel.
The aircraft was completely intact with only the tips of the propellers were bent backward during the ditching and the fuselage pitted with holes from corrosion. No sign of the pilot's remains were present, even though the canopy was closed when discovered.
By the time of the aircraft's recovery from the seabed in the 1970s, it was surmised that the pilot could only be one of six missing pilots from the 343 squadron who disappeared that day.
Photographs of the six are displayed under the aircraft engine.
These planes were an advanced design, and could hold their own against the Mustang, Hellcat, and Corsair. For better turns and maneuvers, a mercury switch mechanism was built into the wings to auto react and extend flaps for tighter turns, and adjusted angle automatically due to acceleration