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  F1M2 Pete Manufacture Number 2256 Tail Code P-16
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Mikuma
Sanyo Maru

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William Bartsch 1973
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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi during December 1942, the 256th built. True serial number 256. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Wartime History
Assigned to heavy cruiser Mikuma with tail code L-215. Later, assigned to seaplane tender Sanyo Maru with tail code PO-16. Likely, this aircraft operated from the Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base. Abandoned with the engine removed on a boneyard slipway area at Nila on Poporang Island.

Wreckage
This aircraft has the engine and wings removed. The fuselage stencil manufacture number stencil was neatly cut away

Justin Taylan adds:
"This aircraft had a portion of the upper wing section still in place in 1975.  Today, it has been removed. This aircraft also has some writing on the side of the cockpit and traces of what appear to be several layers of tail numbers painted on the right side of the tail, including the "2" from its heavy cruiser markings. The left side of the tail appears to have kanji on it but it illegible. Its manufacture number stencil was neatly cut away from the left side of the fuselage, missing."

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 52 (upper) note, the book incorrectly lists the serial number as '2265' and tail code 'PO-16', this was a typographical error, in fact it is '2256' and tail 'P-16'
After The Battle by William Bartsch shows photos of this wreck in 1973.
"F1M Register of Serial Numbers" by James Long, page 3 (note 11)

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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