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  Ki-48-II Lily Manufacture Number ????  
208th Sentai

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki. True serial number ??? (three digits). Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as Type 99 Light Bomber / Ki-48-II Lily manufacture number ???? (four digits).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 208th Sentai operating in New Guinea. This bomber was painted overall gray with mottled green spots added overtop. No known markings or number.

Mission History
On June 2, 1943 took off piloted by Lt. Ezaki as one of sixteen Ki-48 Lilys from the 208th Sentai escorted by Ki-43 Oscars from the 24th Sentai on a mission against Bulldog Airfield near Bulldog (Bulldog Base) inland from the south coast of New Guinea.

Over the target, the Australians observed sixteen unidentified Japanese planes attacking with three of fifteen bombs hit the runway and strafing severely damaged a parked C-47 Dakota (damage and identity unconfirmed: RAAF or USAAF). On the ground five were wounded including two Europeans and three natives. Due to the air raid, 500 natives in the area fled in fright, disrupting construction and labor.

Returning, this aircraft failed to return for unknown reasons, if due to weather or damage sustained over the target. The entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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