Built by Nakajima. True serial number 611. Assembled April 24, 1940. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).
Painted in dirty green on the upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. The fusealge had two red stripes outlined in white. Likely, assigned to Junyō with tail number D11-3?? (last two digits unknown).
During 1942 or early 1943, this Kate crashed at Visale Bay near Cape Esperence on the north coast of Guadalcanal. The precise date of crash is unknown.
This crash site was inspected by American intelligence who noted the identification stencil in black on the left side of the fuselage with manufacture number 9611 and assembly date of April 24, 1940. Many of the aircraft's dataplates identified the plane as a Mark 1, but the engine was a Sakae Model 11, proving the plane was in fact a Mark 3. The Kate was noted as having "dirty green color" upper surfaces and "gray" lower surfaces plus two red fuselage stripes outlined in white. No unit code or tail numbers were noted.
Crashed Enemy Air Craft Reports (CEAR) CEAR No 4, June 5, 1943: Nakajima Type 97, Model 1 Carrier Attack Bomber, s/n 9611
Type 97 Carrier-based Attack Plane - A Production Record by James I. Long September 22, 2011 pages 2, 4
Thanks to Jim Lansdale and Jim Long for additional information
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January 31, 2018