Friday, 15 October 2021

Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily" #2

Two more photos today from the same vintage magazine, dated April 1, 1942, featuring "Lilys" over Burma. Of interest is the very rare view of the Type 89 (special) twin machine gun operated by the dorsal gunner.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily" #1

Until we receive the new EE#3 from the printer's, here a small photo special on the Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily". Starting with a photo dated late 1941, early 1942, taken during the campaign against Burma and more specifically the bombing of Rangoon.

Unfortunately the tail marking is not visible, but the overall blotches camouflage is rather interesting.

Friday, 1 October 2021

EE#3 - Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" & Fiat BR.20 in hinomaru - pre-order now!

After a very long wait, our latest publication in the Eagle Eye series, dedicated to two IJAAF bombers and titled "Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" & Fiat BR.20 "Cicogna" in hinomaru", is now at the printers.

192 pages, 
2 foldouts including extremely detailed multi-view illustrations in 1/72,
345 (!) photos of which 30 in colour,
70 colour illustrations,
97 drawings and other illustrations including "Sally's" manual,
17 maps.

Extensive coverage of all the campaigns the two bombers were involved in. Special and extensive focus on the Giretsu and other paratroop and glider operations. Special chapters on the Civilian and Green Cross "Sallys" and a lot more with many surprises and material that appear first time in-print!

You can pre-order this monumental work now!
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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - maintenance

Another maintenance photo, this time featuring a Model 2 "Sally".

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - maintenance

A photo today from the Arawasi collection featuring a "Sally" Model 1 and a maintenance crew member of the Tokorozawa Maintenance School.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally"

A nice in-action photo today of a Model 2 flight of bombers ready for take-off.

The photo is dated around March 1943, unknown location and unit, when all the jubakutai were very active in every front in Southeast Asia.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - maintenance

A cool photo today of a Model 1 (probably) "Sally" undergoing engine maintenance inside one of the hangars of the Army Maintenance School.

Note the oil tank filler cap on the outboard of the engine.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally"

A quite interesting "Sally" Model 2 today with an unusual, for a "Sally", camo scheme. 

The aircraft was found at Chofu airfield and it is said that it belonged to the Giretsu. There is absolutely nothing to indicate any connection with the Giretsu, the camo is wrong, there is no tail marking and there are other details that don't fit. 
Sakurai-san, the 244 Sentai researcher, mentions that immediately after the end of the war, high ranking military officers were urgently called to Tokyo. Transport aircraft from various shireibu hikohan flew to Chofu, so maybe it belonged to one of them. I find this as more probable.
The tail marking, though, (if there ever was one, only a hole can be seen) is closer to the bottom of the rudder, an area usually reserved for a number, not a tail marking which would have been applied in the middle of the tail or higher.
A puzzing and interesting bomber.

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - "Moyuru Ozora"

The photo today features a large number of Model 1 Ko "Sallys" of the Hamamatsu School, taking part in the movie "Moyuru Ozora" (Burning Skies).
The markings are random. Many bombers have katakana on their tails, the closest to the camera, probably a Nakajima-built Ki-21, has a "ナ" (na), next to it is a "二" (ni). In the row behind them, the bombers have various bands more common with the usual school markings, but note that none of the aircraft has the Hamamatsu School marking on their tails.  
Special thanks to D. Chouinard for stitching the photo.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally"

Another Model 2 about to take off on another mission in Burma. Note the asual ground crew members right behind the spinning prop.
Of interest is the vehicle on the right hand corner. Any ideas?