Monday, 20 February 2012

Mitsubishi Ki-46-III (Dinah) - Photo mission over Okinawa 一〇〇式司令部偵察機 - 偵察隊沖縄戦域に活躍

In this series of photos from a May 15, 1945 vintage magazine a Mitsubishi Ki-46 Dinah is on a photographic mission over the recently US occupied Okinawa.

The rear observer in a photo taking position. He's holding a Type 100 hand-held aerial camera, standard for the Dinah.

A rare view of the observer's position showing the Army type 99 Hi Mk 1 radio. The transmitter is on the top and the receiver on the bottom.

 

On the left, a photo which according to the caption was taken after the crew has returned from their mission over Okinawa. Note that the observer is wearing a life-vest, only natural for missions over water.
On the right, the pilot is explaining the enemy positions to the unit commander. Note the Ki-46-III in the background.


















On the left the caption says that the films are being developed although it seems unlikely and on the right they are going through the whole developed film.


Finally, a photo of the North airfield of Okinawa showing the various improvements the US forces have done on the original strip. 

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