Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 97 Heavy Bomber / Ki-21-II Sally manufacture number unknown (four digits).
Assigned to an unknown Sentai. This bomber had a natural metal finish with overspray of green "snake weave" pattern with a white vertical strip on the rear fuselage.
On February 25, 1944 this bomber encountered B-25D "Mitch The Witch" 42-87293 at an altitude of 3,000' over the Bismarck Sea near Kavieng flying to the southeast towards Rabaul. The B-25 engaged making seven firing passes from several directions before the Sally caught fire and crashed into the sea. On impact, the tail section broke off and the wreckage sank. The shoot down was recorded in a series of photographs that have been highly reproduced.
Production Record for the Type 97 Heavy Bomber (Ki-21) (Sally) by James Long
Combat Recon, page 56-57
Setting Suns page 11
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February 23, 2019