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14th Sentai (?)
Built by Mitsubishi during September 1943. True serial number 1343. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 97 Heavy Bomber / Ki-21-II Sally manufacture number 6382.
Likely, assigned to the 14th Sentai. During 1943 this bomber was abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield.
Likely, lost returning form a bombing mission. 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 attacked Nadzab Airfield from 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.
Until the early 1980s, only the tail section remained in situ. Sometime afterwards, likely scrapped or otherwise removed.
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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