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  Ki-21-II Sally Manufacture Number 4403  
14th Sentai (?)

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Ray Fairfield 1972
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Charles Darby 1974

Aircraft History
Tail appeared to have two dark colored horizontal strips across it on the right side.

Wartime History
The precise wartime history is unknown. Abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield.

Likely, this bomber belonged to the 14th Sentai, and was lost returning form a bombing mission. Possibly, November 7, 1943 when nine Ki-21 Sallys took off from Wewak and joined with Ki-43 Oscar escorts of the 13th Sentai and 248th Sentai over Alexishafen Airfield, then attacked Nadzab Airfield from 19,700' - 21,000'. A total of nine Sally bombers were lost with five making force landings at Alexishafen Airfield. Two days later, on November 9, 1943 Allied aircraft claimed five bombers with two medium bombers on fire at Alexishafen Airfield. On November 10, 1943 Allied aircraft claimed another medium bomber set on fire. Likely, these claims relate to this and other Sally wrecks at Alexishafen Airfield.

Production Record for the Type 97 Heavy Bomber (Ki-21) (Sally) by James Long page 3
Emblems of the Rising Sun page 20 (14th Sentai)
248th Hiko Sentai: A Japanese “Hard luck” Fighter Unit, part 2
Thanks to Charles Darby for manufacture number and Richard Dunn for November 7-10, 1943 mission history

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February 19, 2019


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