Reliable strands of historical narrative about Bose's last days are united up to this point.
However, they separate briefly for the period between 16 August, when Bose received news of Japan's surrender in Singapore, and shortly after noon on 17 August, when Bose and his party arrived at Saigon airport from Saigon city to board a plane.
(See map 2.) In one version, Bose flew out from Singapore to Saigon, stopping briefly in Bangkok, on the 16th.
Soon after arriving in Saigon, he visited Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi, head of the Japanese forces in Southeast Asia, and requested him to arrange a flight to Soviet Russia.
In the words of historian Joyce Chapman Lebra, the IGHQ felt that it "would be unfair of Bose to write off Japan and go over to Russia after receiving so much help from Japan.
Terauchi added in talking with Bose that it would be unreasonable for him to take a step which was opposed by the Japanese." He somehow managed to arrange room for Bose on a flight leaving Saigon on the morning of 17 August 1945 bound for Tokyo, but stopping en route in Dairen, Manchuria—which was still Japanese-occupied, but toward which the Soviet army was fast approaching—where Bose was to have disembarked and to have awaited his fate at the hand of the Russians.
It was understood that the others in the INA party would follow him on later flights. According to historian Joyce Chapman Lebra, "a gift of treasure contributed by local Indians was presented to Bose as he was about to board the plane.
The two heavy strong-boxes added overweight to the plane's full load." Sometime between noon and 2 PM, the twin-engine plane took off with 12 or 13 people aboard: a crew of three or four, a group of Japanese army and air force officers, including Lieutenant-General Tsunamasa Shidei, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Japanese Kwantung Army, which although fast retreating in Manchuria still held the Manchurian peninsula, and Bose and Rahman.
During the first two weeks of August 1945, events began to unfold rapidly. Bhonsle suggested that he prepare to leave Singapore. On either the 16th itself or on the 17th morning, he flew from Bangkok to Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City.A memorial to Subhas Chandra Bose in the compound of the Renkōji Temple, Tokyo.Bose's ashes are stored in the temple in a golden pagoda. His ashes arrived in Japan in early September 1945; after a memorial service, they were accepted by the temple on 18 September 1945.At PM on 18 August, he left for Dairen, Manchukuo, now Dalian, China, but his plane crashed shortly after take off, and Bose died within a few hours in a Japanese military hospital.Had the crash not occurred the plane would have dropped off Bose at Dairen and proceeded to Tokyo along a flight path shown in red.