Mitsubishi Ki-21-I: Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere deliverer.

The Imperial Japanese AF, like the Imperial Japanese Naval AF, started WW2 equipped with a well-proved mid-1930s heavy bomber. One of the more advanced designs of its era, the Ki-21 shared a lot of features with its G3M naval counterpart. Also like the G3M, the circa two thousand built, served in all the areas where their respective services operated, until the very end.

The Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) was the Ki-21’s combat debut. Photo taken during the bombing of Chongqing, China (Sept. 14, 1940).

4 thoughts on “Mitsubishi Ki-21-I: Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere deliverer.

  1. Looks like accurate bombing.

    The following is excepted from The Guardian’s review of China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival by Rana Mitter :-

    The Second Sino-Japanese War was fought with terrible levels of atrocity on both sides. Chiang Kai-shek’s security chief Dai Li was called “the Chinese Himmler” apparently. He ran a terror organisation that killed and tortured thousands of Chinese suspected of treason or of being communist. Wang Jingwei also had his security thugs, including Li Shiqun, a Shanghai gangster, whose Gestapo-like headquarters at “Number 76” in Shanghai proved too much even for the Japanese supervisors. They poisoned him. And, of course, the Japanese considered the Chinese as racial inferiors and their disregard for them is well-known.

    China did not surrender, nor were Chinese forces completely defeated. In 1945, the allies hardly bothered to acknowledge what China had done, but for eight years Japan had been bogged down in Asia, unable to focus on the expensive war against the west and exposed for all to see as an atrocious and self-interested imperial power.

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