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  F1M2 Pete Manufacture Number 1190 Tail YII-3
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Kamikawa Maru

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ATIU September 1943

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ATIS 1943

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McConaghy March 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi completed on August 19, 1942. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Kamikawa Maru. This aircraft was assigned tail code YII-3 in white with two vertical white stripes on the rear fuselage.

Wartime History
This aircraft operated from Rekata Bay Seaplane Base and Rekata Bay Seaplane Base.

Wreckage
Abandoned at Rekata Bay Seaplane Base leaning on the right wing, with the smaller wing floats missing. The engine cowls were removed and the fuselage riddled by shrapnel and bullet holes, indicating it was likely strafed and damaged on the ground.

During August to September 1943 a team from Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit (ATAIU) visited Rekata Bay and studied and photographed this aircraft. This wreck was given crash code SU 2042 and inspected by "CR". The manufacture number of 1190 and tail number YII-3 were noted. The aircraft was deemed to be unserviceable or disabled as of August 12, 1943. Most of the fabric was missing, and the right 7.7mm machine gun removed from the nose. This aircraft was reported in (CEAR) Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report (CEAR) #17, released on February 15, 1944.

During March 1944 this aircraft was photographed with the main float embedded in the sand with Flight Lieutenant J. Beattie the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) during a visit to the area.

On August 28, 1945 visited by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) personnel and photographed. At that time it was in virtually the same condition, only the center pontoon had sunk deeper into the sand. The ultimate fate of this wreck is unknown, scrapped or otherwise removed sometime later.

References
Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #17 (CEAR), February 15, 1944 Type 0 Float Plane PETE - Aircraft captured at Rekata Bay
Thanks to Richard Dunn, Jim Long and Robert Rocker for additional information.

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January 31, 2018

 

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