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World War II era crashed Japanese fighter plane discovered in Arunachal's forest
During Second World War, many fighter planes were seen hovering over India's Northeast region. A huge fight took place between Japan and the Allied forces in the region. Heavy gun battle and bombings were witnessed at the border areas of Assam-Arunachal, Nagaland-Myanmar, Assam-Nagaland.

In 1944, Naga Hills and Manipur had became the centers of confrontation between the Anglo-American and the INA (Indian National Army)-Japanese forces attracting unusual international attention. Heavy battles broke out between the INA-Japanese forces and the Allied forces at Kohima and Imphala. During that period several air bases were established in Assam, Arunachal. Leedo (situated at Tinisukia district of Assam which was considered as the strongest base of the Allied forces). From Leedo air base many fighter planes took off and flew over the Patkai mountains for bombing the INA-Japanese forces at Myanmar.

However, most of these aircraft weren't able to make it back to the base. Several fighter planes of both sides crashed in the Patkai mountains. It is still a mystery why so many planes found it difficult to cross the Patkai mountain range. A year ago, a unit of the American military came visited Assam and Arunachal to search their soldiers' bodies and other Second World War relics. They made a survey and started the search operation at Sivsagar district of Assam; Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal.

As per a report, a crashed American fighter plane's parts were found at Karbi-Anlong hills of Assam last year.

Recently, a missing Japanese fighter plane of World War 2 era was discovered by local youth of Kimin, Arunachal Pradesh. After hearing the story about a plane crash from a village headman during the war, a youth embarked upon a search in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh's Papun Pare district along with six others. After one week's search, they found two 14-cylinder radial engines of the crashed Japanese fighter plane (see inset picture).

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