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  H6K Mavis (M11)   
25th Air Flotilla
Yokusuka Kōkūtai
or Yokohama Kōkūtai
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Kevin Denlay 2002

Aircraft History
Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. This flying boat was either model H6K-4 or H6K5.

Wartime History
Assigned to either that Yokusuka Kōkūtai or Yokohama Kōkūtai (more likely), operating from Tulagi Seaplane Base (Gavutu / Tanambogo).

Sinking History
Sunk off Tanambogo Island, details unknown, possibly strafed by US Navy aircraft during the morning of August 7, 1942.

It appears only one wing of a Mavis rests here near M11 and in all likelihood was dragged or dumped there by US servicemen during the war or others at a later date.

Wreckage includes an upside-down wing and its two engines only. Much other assorted debris lays in the area and this stretches across toward Gavutu wharf where even more wartime detritus is to be found.

Thanks to Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay for additional information
J-Aircraft Message Board "Mavis's off Tanambogo / Gavutu"

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August 15, 2015


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