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History[]

In Japanese service[]

C/n 3008 was attached to the 201st Kōkūtai and was used to help defend the area of Manila. This particular aircraft had previously been attached to the 381st Kōkūtai S-602 hikotai with the previous unit code being overpainted. According to one intelligence report that previous code was 81-124, but it carried none when captured.[2]

In Allied hands[]

3008 was found in February 1945 on Dewey Boulevard, Manila (now Roxas Boulevard) in the Philippines, which had been used as an ad-hoc airstrip by the Japanese. The Raiden was moved to Clark Field, Philippines for testing by TAIU-SWPA as S12, where it was stripped of paint and finished in US markings with pre-war tail stripes. S12 made only two test flights of 3 hours 20 minutes duration, before an oil pipe failed causing the engine to seize up, and was later destroyed on the ground when a North American B-25 Mitchell bomber collided with it..[3][4]

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Bibliography[]

  • Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1970. ISBN 0-370-00033-1. (2nd edition 1979, ISBN 0-370-30251-6).
  • Green, William. Air Enthusiast Magazine, Quarterly Volume 1, Number 2 Bromley, Kent: Pilot Press Ltd, 1971.
  • Green, William. Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume Three: Fighters. London: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1973 (First edition 1961). ISBN 0-356-01447-9.
  • Pęczkoski, Robert. Mitsubishi J2M Raiden "Jack". Mushroom Model Publications, 2004. ISBN 83-916327-7-6, ISBN 978-83-9163277-2.
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