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Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Manufacture number unknown. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai.

Wartime History
This aircraft appears to have sunk, without damage at its mouring off Tavui Number 1 in Talili Bay, west of Rabaul. It is unclear why the aircraft sunk, but believed it sunk at anchor as an operational loss.

Wreckage
This aircraft is a popular dive spot for guest of the Kula Lodge, this aircraft sunk just past the reef in 89' of water . It rests on a sandy bottom, with only the centerline pontoon twisted to the side. The rear 7.7mm machine was present until the 1990's when it was removed by a diver. Otherwise, the wreck is perfectly intact.

References
National Geographic "Ghost of the Pacific" April 1988

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Last Updated
April 1, 2018

 

Tech Info
Pete

SCUBA
102'

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