Japanese Aircraft Markings

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Peter H
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Japanese Aircraft Markings

Post by Peter H » 31 Jan 2005 13:32

Are these Japanese markings?

G4M2 (Betty)-captured
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Post by Anwar bin Zapari » 31 Jan 2005 14:34

Captured aircraft usually bear the captor's marking. However, in this case I am rather inclined to believe that this is a medical aircraft, most notable the absence of turret machine-guns (although it might be stored somewhere else)

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Post by Larry D. » 31 Jan 2005 14:35

Those are surrender markings. They were applied to aircraft, per MacArthur's instructions, that were used to fly the Japanese surrender delegation from Tokyo via Saipan to Manila during the week following the 15 August capitulation.

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Post by Peter H » 03 Feb 2005 23:57

Thanks Larry.

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Post by hisashi » 04 Feb 2005 07:59

Thanks to Larry, I can guess some more on this leaf.
In 16 Aug 1945, McArthur's GHQ in Manila requested Japan to send army and navy staffs to receive instructions on the detail of surrender. On 19 Aug 1945, two G4M2 Betty bombers took off Kisarazu air base, Chiba prefecture. They were colored in white with green cross. Transit point was an airfield in Ie island (nearby Okinawa).
When they arrived to Ie Island, one of them overran the airfield because of brake trouble, and suffered some damage on her wing. Anyway, US air force had prepared a C-54 for their trip to Manila.
Their visit in Manila was as brief as 20 hours because GHQ took minimum time for discussion and simply passed them documents ordering details of surrender. For security reasons, Japan requested to have some days before McArthur's landing, and planned schedule was delayed 3 days each. From Ie island they decided to take off by undamaged one with documents and the most important members - headed by Lt.Gen. Torashiro KAWABE.
Their story was not yet over - Their G4M2 also had an accident on fuel tank! They landed on the shore near Hamamatsu. Fortunately they found a damaged army bomber at Hamamatsu air base, and hurried to Chofu airfield (nearby Tokyo) by repaired army bomber. The fate of repaired G4M2 in Ie is unknown.
This link is anather photo of G4M2 in Ie Island.
http://www.bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~knagai/GH ... .html#pic1
Some remnants of G4M2 was preserved in Hamamatsu Air Base, JASDF.

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