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  F1M2 Pete Manufacture Number 1250 Tail L-215
IJN
Kunikawa Maru
11 Dai 2 Kantai Dai 11 Koku Sentai
938th Kōkūtai (?)

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William Bartsch 1973

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Justin Taylan 2003

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One News 2007

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi, assembled during late December 1942. The aircraft had a Hinomaru with a square white border. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Kunikawa Maru with the 11 Dai 2 Kantai Dai 11 Koku Sentai. Tail code L-215.

Wartime History
This aircraft operated from the Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base. Abandoned with a group of F1M2 Pete near Nila on Poporang in an assembly area,.

Wreckage
Until November 2007, this aircraft remained undisturbed.

Salvage
Removed by Craig Turner / Solomon Islands National Museum Project as part of a $220,000 USD deal to remove aircraft wrecks from the Shortlands and Ballale. Turner returned on November 6, 2007 with Gary Spoors / GJD Services Ltd. This aircraft was removed with other aircraft from Ballale Island on November 8, 2007 aboard the barge MV Tina. Transported to Honiara, the aircraft were presumably shipped overseas to either Australia or the United Kingdom.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 52 (middle) the caption states tail code L-215 and assigned to Kashima. In a page of corrections Darby noted the tail code was actually L2-15. This would mean this aircraft was assigned to the Kashima or 938th Kōkūtai.
"F1M Register of Serial Numbers" by James Long
Thanks to Charles Darby and Ryan Toews for additional information
OneNews "Shortland & Ballalae Aircraft Salvage" November 20, 2007
GJD Services - Solomon's via WaybackMachine.org February 25, 2008

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