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Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 97 Heavy Bomber / Ki-21 Sally manufacture number 4403.
During 1943, this Sally operated in New Guinea. Likely, assigned to the 14th Sentai based at Wewak.
During 1943, this Sally was destroyed while parked at Alexishafen Airfield.
Possibly, this Sally landed on November 7, 1943 returning from a bombing mission and might have been one of the bombers destroyed on the ground on November 9, 1943 when U. S. bombers claimed to destroy five bombers with two medium bombers set on fire. Alternately, on November 10, 1943 when U. S. bombers claimed another medium bomber set on fire.
Until the early 1970s, the tail section remained in situ at Alexishafen Airfield. The tail appeared to have two dark horizontal stripes on the right side, possibly a portion of the motif of the 14th Sentai or other markings that faded away and preserved the green paint below.
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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