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  E13A1 Jake Manufacture Number 5155  
IJN
958 Kōkūtai

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William Bartsch 1973

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Phil Bradley 1997

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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi at Watanabe Iron Works, estimated date of assembly January 10, 1943. True serial number 155. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai. Likely, assigned to the 958 Kokutai.

Wartime History
During 1942 or 1943, this Jake was abandoned or sunk at Shortland Seaplane Base.

Wreckage
Until 1968, this Jake remained 'in situ' sunk into shallow water in Tuha Channel. During 1968, salvaged by Robert Diemernt. Afterwards, he was prevented from removing the aircraft, and abandoned the wreckage near shore at Nila on Poporang Island.

Today, the wreckage remains including the engine, fuselage, and sections of the wing and tail. The identification stencil has been cut out of the fuselage. Both floats are located nearby.

Justin Taylan adds:
"Locals tell the story of how this wreck was salvaged from Shortland Harbor (Tuha Channel) by an outsider [Robert Diemert]. More recently, a village house has been built near the plane, using its wing as a place to hang and dry laundry."

References
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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