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The Japanese "Betty" bomber sits on the runway at Ie shima Island.
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Below, the Japanese Betty Bomber sitting on the runway on the Island of Ie Shima near Okinawa.  Click the right arrow to read a great story about the Betty Bomber and the Japanese Surrender.

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Japanese Betty Bomber on the Runway on Iejima, Ie Shima, WWII
Photo Scanned by C. Jeff Dyrek


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Click Here's what one or our readers said.from Gary and Debbie
I was told by members of the 507th Fighter Group, that were also stationed at Ie Shima, that the marking were given to the Japanese by Macarthur as a means to identify these  particular aircraft. There is a article about the envoys arrival at Ie Shima with some very good photos in the National Geographic magazine from this period, Sorry I don't remember the month, but it was a 1945 issue. The 507th personnel managed to film the events, and I have seen some news reels from the time describing the event on IeShima. Very interesting history. I really enjoy the photos, the 507th members didn't take a lot of pictures, so its great to see the Island through the 34th.   Gary and Debbie

Betty Bombers on Ie Shima
This exhibit shows the Japanese Betty Bombers that were the first part of Japan's Surrender to the U.S. in World War 2.

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