34th Fighter Squadron, with P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, in 1944 Ie Shima one of the Japanese islands of World War 2
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This is the Betty Bomber used to fly the Japanese Surrender Envoy back to Japan.

I have a friend that was at Ie Shima when the Japanese came in and he gave me these photos similar to the one on your web page Cal (he was on a LST like the one in you photo on the beach) said the planes were painted white with red crosses on them also in the photos is Lt. Gen. Toroshio Kawabe.  Noel Adair.

From the Webmaster:  I am now finding out that the crosses on the Betty Bombers were actually painted Green.


Betty Bomber used to carry the Japanese Surrender Envoy back to Japan, WW2
Photo Scanned by Noel Adair


The Japanese Betty Bomber is a beautiful plane. 

Its red crosses say, don't shoot us down, we surrender. Other sources say that the crosses were green, I'm sorry that I don't have a color picture of the airplane.  This plane had bullet holes in the fuselage and wing tanks making fuel consumption more than expected.  The second Betty Bomber crashed on landing on Ie Shima and became stuck in the mud and was never flown again.

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