Japanese Ki-21 bomber dropping bombs on Chongqing, China, China, 14 Sep 1940; note Yangtze River

Caption     Japanese Ki-21 bomber dropping bombs on Chongqing, China, China, 14 Sep 1940; note Yangtze River ww2dbase
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Photos at Same Place Chongqing, China
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
5 Oct 2011 10:23:50 PM

Aircraft in above file photograph, is a
Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Mitsubishi Ki-21-Ia Twin-engine bomber (Sally) this version of the bomber, had a long greenhouse canopy and was armed with three 7.7mm machine guns.
The later model Ki-21-IIb had a turret armed with one 12.7mm machine gun, replacing the long greenhouse canopy, also armed w/7.7mm machine guns.

The G5N Shinzan, was a Nakajima design for a four-engine long range heavy bomber, that never entered service with the IJAAF
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
23 May 2013 04:07:04 PM

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" Bomber photograph taken September 1940. Aircraft dropping its bombs over
Chongqing, China. What does the KI,stand for Kiai...(Airframe).

The Ki-21 "Sally" was the primary IJAAF bomber used during the Pacific War like most Japanese a/c
the Sally lacked armor protection for its crew and fuel tanks. Later in the war, the Ki-21 was
also used in "Special Attack Kamikaze Missions"


Did you know the Ki-21 was assigned the code name
Jane, but General MacArther didn't like it that a Japanese a/c was named after his wife, so it was changed to "Sally"
3. Adios Sabata says:
11 Oct 2014 02:30:57 AM

Japanese G4M bomber is Not true.

WW2 China Yangtze River near Chungking city

bombing Japanese Bomber name is

Mitsubishi Ki-21 Sally.
4. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
12 Oct 2014 05:55:45 AM

Thank you all for the correction on the aircraft identification. The caption has been updated.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Oct 2015 02:14:15 PM


Bombing of Chongqing, China 9/14/40 Ki-21 Sally bomber. Another reference photograph shows same image bombing targets Chongqing China on 6/16/40.
Japan bombed residential, business, schools and hospital areas. Indiscriminate bombing by Japan from 1937 to 1945 left 762, 183 people dead and injured.

Source: Everett Historical ID 249572455
Check out Air-strikes by Japanese army during WWII. Type in sally bomber bombing Chongqing, China 9/14/40 on internet, scroll down 7th story on page...

"History", said Alexis de Togueville is a gallery of pictures in which there are a few originals and many copies.

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