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  Ki-21-IIb Sally Manufacture Number 4335  
JAAF
14th Sentai
1st Chutai

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Yoji Sakaida 2005

Pilot  1st Lt. Norito Yasuda
Upper Gunner  Sgt. Maj. Furuguchi

Force landing  July 4, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi during late February 1942. True serial number 766. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 14th Sentai, 1st Chutai. Both sides of the tail were painted with the unit's marking in white.

Mission History
On July 4, 1943 one of sixteen Ki-21s that took off from Rapopo Airfield near Rabaul on a bombing mission against the American beachhead at Munda. Over Buin, the bombers were joined by an escort of Ki-43 Oscars and A6M Zeros, and proceeded to Munda.

Flying at 4,000 meters on their first bomb run, the target area was obscured by clouds and forced the bombers to turning around and make a second run. when when all released their bombs. Over the target, they were met with anti-aircraft fire and intercepted by defending fighters.

This bomber was hit in both engines. Upper gunner, Sgt. Maj. Furuguchi claimed three F4Fs shot down (American did loose three planes that day). Damaged, it force landed at Ballale Airfield. Abandoned, presumably from damage that mission and moved to the bone yard area for salvage.

Wreckage
Only the rear fuselage and wreckage of one wing remain. 14th Sentai yellow 'fin flash' is still visible on the tail wreckage.

References
Ki-21 Sallys Attack Munday and Rendova translated by Alfred Weinzierl
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 26 (middle right)
Air-To-Air page 113-114
Production Record for the Type 97 Heavy Bomber (Ki-21) (Sally) by James Long page 3

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Last Updated
March 1, 2018

 

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