Tuesday, 31 January 2012

VIPs - Showa L2D (Douglas DC-3) - 零式輸送機 #2

Jacob sent us the following:

About a month ago I saw on UTube a Dutch documentary about the Indonesian struggle for Independence.
This documentary had some footage about a "propaganda" trip of the first president of the Republik, Mr Soekarno (Sukarno). He travelled in May 1945 with a Japanese L2D2 in the archipelago. The last three digits of the unit code are XX- 200. The images below are stills  I took from that footage.
My question is: can that Tabby unit be identified?
Jacob Terlouw / The Netherlands.




We asked leading authority on the subject of units and tail markings Akimoto Minoru-sensei and here's what he replied:

The DC-3 belonged to the Dai Nippon Koku with civilian registration J-BKOM and name "WAKASA"*. It was one of about 40 DC-3s that formed a unit by DNK called "Dai Nippon Koku Choyo Yusoki Tai" (DNK Commandeered Transport Unit) and operated for the IJNAF. The particular plane belonged to the 2nd Choyo Yusoki Tai.
Tail number. The second katakana is the first "YU" of "YUsokitai" but the first katakana is difficult to discern. It could be "SE" or "NA" or "CHI" or even a "2". If the first is a "CHI" then it's the first katakana for "Choyo"**. If it's a number "2" then it could signify the 2nd Yusoki Tai.

I believe the photo was taken when Sukarno was visiting Singapore to discuss the details regarding the forthcoming independence of Indonesia.

*"Wakasa" probably refers to the gulf starting from Fukui prefecture and ending in Kyoto.
**"Choyo" is written as "CHIyoUYOU" in kana but it's pronounced as Choyo with stretched "o"s.

We are grateful to Jacob and Akimoto-sensei for their contribution to our blog.

 

これらの写真は、オランダで放送された、インドネシア独立についてのドキュメンタリー映画からのもので、Jacob Terlouw さんが送ってくれました。スカルノはインドネシアの中を零式輸送機で移動していたということです。 Jacob さんから、この飛行機はどこの部隊のものなのかと、質問がありましたので、
秋本実先生に、お聞きし、お返事をもらいました。
”大日本航空で使用していた零式輸送機の1機で登録記号はJ-BKOM。「若狭」号。
他の零式輸送機(約40機)とともに海軍に徴傭され、大日本航空徴傭輸送機隊の第二徴傭輸送機隊で使用された。
尾翼記号は、徴傭輸送機隊を示しているはずで、2字目は「ユ」とよめすが、1字目が不明。
セ・ナ・チ・2などに見える。チならばチユで徴傭輸送機隊になる。2なら2ユで第二徴傭輸送機隊になる。
スカルノは日本の支援のもとに独立運動を進めていたとき、打ち合わせのためシンガポールなどに出向いておりますので、そのときの写真と思われる。”
とのお返事をいただきました。
秋本先生お忙しいところ、質問にお返事いただきありがとうございました。 

3 comments:

Peter Starkings said...

Is J-MKOM possibly a misprint for J-BKOM? Aircraft registered J-BKOA/F/J/L/V/Y were all DNK L2Ds and I have never before come across a J registration starting with'M'.

Arawasi said...

Just got off the phone with Akimoto-sensei and he confirmed that it was indeed a misprint. You are absolutely right that the correct civil registration was J-BKOM. Thank you for the comment!

Sosezi said...

Great Pictures of great woman of Japan!!

Tabby Go!Go!Go!

Love the L2D Airplane and would like to see more photos of this Bird!!

L2D is my Favorite in DC3 Series