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  Ki-21-IIb Sally Manufacture Number 6377  
JAAF
14th Sentai (?)

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Ray Fairfield 1972

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Charles Darby 1974

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Brian Bennett 1980

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at the end of August 1943. True serial number 1138. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Likely assigned to the 14th Sentai.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield. Likely, this bomber belonged to the 14th Sentai, and was lost returning form a bombing mission on November 7, 1943 and was destroyed on the ground on November 9, 1943.

On November 7, 1943, nine Ki-21 Sallys took off from Wewak and were escorted by Ki-43 Oscar escorts of the 13th Sentai and 248th Sentai over Alexishafen Airfield, then proceeded to bomb Nadzab Airfield from an altitude of 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 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 to this and other Sally bombers destroyed on the ground at Alexishafen Airfield.

Wreckage
Until at least the early 1980s, the tail section and wing wreckage of this aircraft remained at Alexishafen Airfield. Likely scrapped at some date afterwards.

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

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January 9, 2018

 

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