Built by Aichi at Watanabe Iron Works. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai. Likely, assigned to 958 Kokutai and operated from Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base.
Abandoned or sunk in Tuha Channel off Korovou (Korouvo) on Shortland Island.
This aircraft was abandoned or sunk in shallow water and rests on both pontoons. The tail section is missing. The propeller is missing and the engine has broken off from its mount and is resting on the bottom. The water visibility varies due to the proximity to shore.
"Missing the tail but was otherwise
intact including the
cockpit interior, floats, wings, etc. It is sitting on it's floats
and is in about 15' of water which means that the uppermost parts
are only about 5' down. The engine and cowling was resting in front
it but the plane was sitting on the bottom on its floats as if
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 49 (middle & lower photos)
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January 9, 2018