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  Ki-21-IIb Sally Manufacture Number 6336  
JAAF
14th Sentai (?)

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi during late April 1943. True serial number 1190. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Likely, assigned to the 14th Sentai.

Wartime History
This bomber was abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield. Likely, this bomber crash landed on November 7, 1943 returning from a mission and was destroyed on the ground by U. S. low level attacks during November 9-10, 1943.

On November 7, 1943 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 bombed Nadzab Airfield from 19,700' to 21,000'. A total of nine Sally bombers were lost including Ki-21 Sally 6323 shot down over the target area five force landing at Alexishafen Airfield. Two days later, on November 9, 1943 Allied aircraft claimed a total of 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 the Sally bombers force landed from this mission being destroyed on the ground at Alexishafen Airfield.

Wreckage
On April 26, 1944 Australian Army troops captured Alexishafen Airfield including this bomber. Afterwards, Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) investigated the wreckage.

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

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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