Assigend to the 3rd Dokuritsu Chutai, commanded by Captain Chuichi Suwabe. This bomber had a natural metal finish with overspray of green splotches on the upper surfaces. Tail Number 546 with three red strips on the rudder, and a vertical white band rear of the fusealge hinomaru.
One of twelve Ki-21 Sallys that took off during the night of May 24, 1945 on a mission to crash land on Okinawa, while other Japanese aircraft made a diversionary bombing raid.
This Ki-21 crash landied wheels up on Yontan Airfield, tearing off the left engine and nose cone in the crash. Aproximately 8 - 10 soldiers of the Giretsu Special Attack Unit commandos exited and conducted commando operations until all were killed. They destroyed 9 aircraft and damaged 29 more and set 70,000 gallons of fuel on fire.
After the attack, Americans began removing parts of this bomber for souvineers. It is presumed the wreckage was towed away and scrapped or otherwise removed.
Production Record for the Type 97 Heavy Bomber (Ki-21) (Sally) by James Long
The Earthmovers 1943-1945 pages 266-267
Emblems of the Rising Sun page 61
Setting Suns page 13 (lower photo)
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February 19, 2019