Tuesday 26 September 2023

Destroyed IJAAF aircraft - video pt.2

Part #2. There are many more aircraft types, all very interesting.  

Here are the stills.

In the first, below, we can see the tail of a Ki-109 on the left and another next to it. The camouflaged "Ida" in the middle is a Ki-36 Direct Cooperation (if it was a Ki-55 it would have a black cowling) with a mysterious tail marking; more about it below.
On the right, is a Tachikawa Ki-54, most probably a Model Hei transport.
The tail marking of the Ki-54 is tiny but there is no doubt that the aircraft belonged to a "kokuki join yoseijo" (aircraft crew training school) and looked like that:
The tail behind the "Hickory" most probably belonged to the Nakajima Ki-49 "Donryu" (Hellen) we see on the right of the still below. 
There are many Ki-55s and Ki-36s as well as "Hayabusa" fighters in the background but the tail marking of the aircraft on the right indicates that it was flown by the Hamamatsu Bomber School.
I'm not sure about the type. My best guess is that it's a Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily" but rather unlikely that Hamako (the nickname of the bomber school) had a "Lily" in its inventory.

In the stills below, US personnel torture a "Hayabusa" trying to remove its tires before moving it to a pile to get destroyed. Why they don't remove the tires after they bring the aircraft to the burning area, is beyond me. Probably they're just having fun and the whole thing is staged for the camera.
Anyway, the "Hayabusa" is a Model 3, in overall brown and note the anti-glare panel covering the air intake of the cowling.  
In the still below the tail markings of two aircraft can clearly be seen on the left side behind the "Oscar".
The big one with the white marking is a Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" flown by the 105 Kyoiku Hiko Rentai (105 Training Flight Regiment), which in the last year of the war had changed its name to 24 Rensei Hikotai.  
The other marking is painted on the tail of a Tachikawa Ki-36 (probably). It's the same on the tail of the camouflaged "Ida" of the first still, and it looked like that:
A circle with a propeller in the middle. The unit, AFAIK, has not been identified. 

More aircraft getting abused...the one behind the "Hayabusa" with the tail up in the air, is another Hamamatsu aircraft that looks like a Mitsubishi Ki-51 "Sonia". but I could be wrong. Any ideas?

More "Hayabusa" in the still below, but the most interesting aircraft is the "Chokyo" (Ki-36) with the civilian registration in the background. It's most probably J-BARE but it's not included in the "J-BIRD" book. 

In the still below, we can see the fore section, minus the engine, of a Ki-55 trainer in the foreground, a brown Model 2 Otsu "Hayabusa" and another camouflaged "Oscar"; I'm confident I've seen this tail marking before but at the moment it eludes me. Leave a comment if you have any ideas.   

1 comment:

Dan G. said...

The fellows on the Ki-43 aren't just playing around, the ones on top are loading up their side, while the fellows underneath the opposite wing are pushing upwards to unload the tire nearest them, for easier removal of said tire.