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  E13A1 Jake Manufacture Number 4326  
IJN
? Kōkūtai

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1945

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Brian Bennett 1981

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi at Watanabe Iron Works, estimated date of assembly July 31, 1943. True serial number 326. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to ? Kōkūtai.

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi. This Jake was based at Rabaul. One of only a handful of aircraft to survive the war in flying condition.

After Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, this aircraft was painted in surrender markings: overall white with green crosses at Malaguna Seaplane Base.

The Japanese requested permission to surrender their remaining aircraft to an Air Force, instead of the Australian Army was occupying Rabaul. This required the aircraft to be flown to the nearest Allied airfield at Jacquinot Bay Airfield. Japanese pilots were allowed to fly the aircraft.

Mission History
On October 14, 1945, this Jake and B5N2 Kate 302 were flown from Rabaul to Jacquinot Bay, escorted by four RNZAF Corsairs of 16 Squadron, led by Bryan Cox. This was the last flight of a Japanese aircraft from Rabaul to fly during the war.

Wreckage
Abandoned and sunk in Gasvala Lagoon near Montingteng Island near Jacquinot Bay. Pieces were recovered by Brian Bennett during 1981 and were donated to the Kokopo War Museum.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 20 (lower photo, caption incorrectly list location as Kokopo)
Production Records for the Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane (E13A1) (Jake) by Jim Long

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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