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Japan's Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu (flying dragon) bomber; Army Type 4
Allied code name: Peggy

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  • Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu bomber

Design

In 1940 a specification was put forth for a heavy strategic bomber that would be used against the Soviet Union in an anticipated war with them.

The Mitsubishi Ki-67 was to be a successor to the Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu as Army specifications were issued in February 1941. Three prototypes were ordered from Mitsubishi. The designers (Chief Engineer Ozawa) also tried to make the plane as easy to maintain and manufacture as possible.

Specifications:

  • Altitude: 13,000' - 22,750'; 13,125' - 22,965' / 4,000 m - 7,000 m
  • Speed: 340 mph, 342 mph / 550 kph
  • Range with 1,102 lb / 500 kg: 435 miles / 700 km
  • Bombs: Eight 220 lb / 100 kg, three 551 lb / 250 kg, or one 1,102 lb / 500 kg; 1,764 lb
  • Crew: 6 - 8, 6 - 10
  • Armament: Three 7.7 mm MGs, and two 12.7 mm MGs; Five MGs
  • Engines: Two Mitsubishi Ha-101 (1,450 HP), Nakajima Ha-103 (1,870 HP), Mitsubishi Ha-104 (1,900 HP)

Unusual for a Japanese design the Mitsubishi Ki-67 had armor protection and self sealing fuel tanks.

After the prototype flew the Army made many suggestions for changes that it delayed the project.

Construction

The Ki-67 has a metal frame and fabric covering.

Torpedo Bomber Modification

In December 1942 it was suggested that they be modified as a torpedo bomber.

Major Sakamoto test flew the prototypes at Yokosuka Naval Air Station. One hundred Ki-67s were modified with torpedo racks. From the 161st aircraft all Ki-67s had torpedo racks.

Some Ki-67s were transferred to the Imperial Japanese Navy and they were called Yasukuni.

Prototype

The Ki-67 prototype first flew on December 27, 1942 / December 27, 1943. The second prototype was ready in February 1943, and the third in March 1943.

The prototypes could make loops and vertical turns without a bomb load.

Production

Deliveries of the Ki-67-I began in April 1944 and production was given the highest priority.

Production was disrupted by an earthquake in December 1944 and American bombing.

  • Prototypes: 3
    • Production: December 1942 - March 1943
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67: 698
    • Manufacturers: Mitsubishi (606), Kawasaki (91), Tachikawa Army Air Arsenal (1)
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-I, Army Type 4 Heavy Bomber: 696
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-II Prototype: 2
  • Total: 698
    • Manufacturer:
      • Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K. at Nagoya, Kumanmoto, Chita (606)
      • Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K. at Gifu (91)
      • Tachikawa Dai-Ichi Rikugun Kokusho at Tachikawa (1)
      • Nippon Kokusai Koku Kogyo K.K. at Okubo (assembled 29)
  • Mitsubishi Ki-109: 22
    • Built between August 1944 - March 1945.

Variants

  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-I: First production model.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-I KAI: Suicide bomber. Nose was made solid and packed with explosives. All turrets removed. Crew only three.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-I Glider Tug: Towed Manazuru transport glider.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-Ib:
  • Mitsubishi Ki-67-II Prototype: Has Mitsubishi Ha-214 radial engines (2,400 HP).
  • I-Go-1A: Carried radio controlled I-Go-1A anti-shipping missile.
  • Yasukuni: Navy version that carried a torpedo.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-69: Escort fighter. Never produced.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-97: Transport. Could carry 21 passengers. Not produced.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-109: Heavy fighter. Cannons in nose. Crew of two. Used Ha-211 Ru engines (2,200 HP). Had a 75 mm cannon with 15 rounds installed.
  • Mitsubishi Ki-112: Multi-seat fighter. Not produced.

Usage

Units

  • Hikosentais (air regiments): 7th, 14th, 16th, 60th, 61st, 62nd, 74th, 98th, 110th
  • Kokutai: 762nd (Navy)
  • Hikoshidan (air division): 8th
  • Hamamatsu Army Bomber Flying School

Army's First Use

In October 1944 the Ki-67 was used in combat by the 7th Sentai and 98th Sentai.

Navy's First Use

In October 1944 the Ki-67 was first used as a torpedo bomber by the 762nd Kokutai in a battle off of Formosa against the United States 3rd Fleet.

Okinawa Campaign

During the battle for Okinawa the Ki-67 was used to attack the American Mariana Island air force bases.

China

The Ki-67 was used over China late in the war, but performance was hampered by inexperienced crews.

Specifications

  Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu
Type Bomber, Heavy Bomber, Medium Bomber, Torpedo Bomber
Crew 6 - 8
Engine (Type) 2: Mitsubishi Ha-104, Mitsubishi Ha-104 (Army Type 4)
Cylinders Radial, Radial 14, Radial 18
Cooling Air
Net HP 1,900 each
Propeller blades 4, 4 metal blade constant speed
Dimensions  
Span 73' 9.75", 73' 9 13/16
22.5 m
Length 61' 4 7/32", 61' 4.25"
18.7 m
Height 18' 4.5", 25' 3 5/32", 25' 3 1/8"
5.6 m, 7.7 m
Wing area 708.8 sq ft, 708.801 sq ft
65.85 sq m
Weight  
Empty 19,068 lb, 19,070 lb
8,649 kg, 8,650 kg
Loaded 30,347 lb
13,765 kg
Performance  
Speed at 19,980' / 6,090 m 334 mph
537 kph
Cruising Speed 249 mph
400 kph
Cruising Speed at 26,245' / 8,000 m 249 mph
400 kph
Climb 1,476'/minute
450 m/minute
Climb to 19,685' / 6,000 m 14 minutes 30 seconds
Service Ceiling 31,070'
9,470 m
Range 1,740 miles
2,800 km
Maximum range 2,360 miles
3,800 km
Armament  
Nose 1: 12.7 mm MG
1: 12.7 mm Type 1
Beam 1: 12.7 mm MG
1: 12.7 mm Type 1
2: 12.7 mm Type 1
Tail 1: 12.7 mm MG
1: 12.7 mm Type 1
Tail - later models 2: 12.7 mm Type 1
Turret - Dorsal 1: 20 mm
1: 20 mm He-5
Bombs - Normal Load 1,102 lb
500 kg
Bombs - Maximum Load 1,764 lb
800 kg
Bombs 1,764 lb
800 kg
OR  
Torpedo 1: 2,359 lb
1: 1,070 kg
OR 1: 1,764 lb
1: 800 kg
OR  
Bombs - kamikaze 6,393 lb
2,900 kg
  Mitsubishi Ki-67-I Hiryu
Type Bomber, Medium Bomber, Torpedo Bomber
Crew 6 - 8
Engine (Type) 2: Mitsubishi Ha-104, Mitsubishi Ha-104 (Army Type 4)
Cylinders Radial, Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 1,900 each
Dimensions  
Span 73' 9.75", 73' 10"
22.5 m
Length 61' 4", 61' 4.25"
18.7 m
Height 25' 3", 25' 3.25"
7.7 m
Wing area 708.86 sq ft
65.85 sq m
Weight  
Empty 19,068 lb
8,649 kg
Loaded 30,346 lb, 30,347 lb
13,765 kg
Performance  
Speed at 19,685' / 6,000 m 334 mph
537 kph
Speed at 19,980' / 6,090 m 334 mph
Cruising speed 249 mph
400 kph
Climb to 19,685' / 6,000 m 14 minutes 30 seconds
Service ceiling 31,070'
9,470 m
Range 2,360 miles
Range - Maximum 2,360 miles
3,800 km
Armament 4: MG
1: 20 mm
Nose 1: 0.5" / 12.7 mm Type 1 MG
Beam 2: 0.5" / 12.7 mm Type 1 MG
Turret - Dorsal 1: 20 mm Ho-5
Turret - Tail 1: 0.5" / 12.7 mm Type 1 MG
Bombs 1,764 lb, 1,765 lb
800 kg
OR  
Torpedo 1: Type 91 or Type 94

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  1. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  2. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  3. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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