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5-in) Type 1 heavy machinegun. Three sentais remained in Japan, Korea and in Manchuria when the Japanese high command went to war in South East Asia. For operations over the Philippines the JAAF's 5th Air Group, based in Formosa, mustered the 14th and 62nd Hikosentais; these went into action early on the morning of 8 December 1941 striking at Aparri, Tuguegarao, Vigan and other targets in Luzon. Mitsubishi Ki-2 Is of the 3rd Air Group, based in French IndoChina, were earmarked for bombing strikes against Siam (Thailand) and Malaya: units were the 12th, 60th and 98th Hikosentais.

The original aircraft letter shows through thehastilyapplied olive-drab finish. 5-in) guns (two each in dorsal turret and in tail station), plus a maximum bombload of 2359 kg (5,2001b) JAPAN Mitsubishi Ki-21 The Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Army Type 97 Heavy Bomber) was produced by engineers Nakata and Ozawa in response to an operational specification issued by the Air Headquarters (Daihonei) of the JAAF on 15 February 1936. The first of two prototypes flew on 18 December 1936, the first production model being the Mitsubishi Ki-21la (Army Type 97 Model 1A).

The CANT Z. 1007bis was the major production model, and featured revised armament, engine cowlings and dimensions. 1007bis served with 230* Squadriglia, 95° Gruppo, 3S°Stormoin Greece, February 1941. Known as the Airone (heron), the type was built in both single- and twin-finned versions. Right: Owing to its weak gun defence and poor performance, the CANT Z. 1007 was a sitting duck for Allied fighters, but the type served until late 1943 in the Mediterranean and on the Russian front. der was used on the Z.

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