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  C6N1 Myrt Manufacture Number 916 Tail 21-101
IJN
121st Kōkūtai

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FAOW Sept 28, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, This aircraft was the 16th C6N built. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 121 Kōkūtai. Tail code 21-101.

Wartime History
While parked inside a hanger, missing the engine, but with a large external drop tank attached. Had the tip of its right horizontal tail missing Abandoned at Ushi Point Airifeld (North Field) on Tinian. Captured by American forces when they landed in July 1944.

Jim Long adds:
"There were, however, apparently at least two Myrts captured at Tinian. They may both have been at the same airfield in the same hangar. The one had tail marking 21-103, while the this plane had 21-101. The latter is better known because several photos were taken of it while it was being examined by a technical intelligence team operating in the Pacific Ocean Areas.

Seventeen of these photos are in FAOW No. 82 (blue-cover series). The dates on the photo placards indicate that the TAIPOA team looked the Myrt over and photographed it at least from 28 September to 1 October 1944, probably longer that those few days.

The Myrt in most of the seventeen photos of FAOW No. 82 was 21-101. Its manufacture number was 916, as can be seen on several of the photo placards. It didn't have an engine mounted, but did have the large external drop tank attached when it was first examined. A couple of the photos show 21-103 instead of 21-101, even though the caption material does not mention 21-103 anywhere."

References
Photos via FAOW No. 82 (blue-cover series) photos 28 September to 1 October 1944
Thanks to Jim Long and Jim Lansdale for additional information.

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January 31, 2018

 

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