Japanese Betty Bombers 3
"Jap 'Betty' bomber on landing approach at Ie Shima" From "Darkroom Soldier": "First Betty Landing. Recalling this day, Hill wrote, 'While we were on Ie Shima, General MacArthur ordered that a contingent of Japanese diplomats go to Manila to make the preliminary arrangements for the surrender to take place on the Missouri battleship in Tokyo Bay. Two Japanese Mitsubishi 'Betty' bombers were to be painted white with huge green crosses on wing tip and fuselage. These two planes were escorted to the landing strip on Ie Shima by our P-38's and B-25's. I was able to get photographs of these planes. The Japanese envoys were transferred to one of our big C-54's for the long flight to Manila." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Ie Shima, East China Sea
From the Collection of Fred Hill