Built by Mitsubishi, completed during late December 1940. Uncoded serial number 617. One of the last 24 aircraft built during the final three months of production at Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Minhoro Kōkūtai, as a transport aircraft. Tail code M-905.
This bomber was abandoned at Gasmata
This aircraft remains in situ. In the late 1970s, this aircraft was badly damaged by grass fires removing the protective paint. The
tail had the "M" of
Mihoro Kōkūtai and '05'.
Brian Bennett adds:
"The G3M had
the tail moved even further from the rear fuselage than it used to
be. The nose was chopped off years ago so that tractors could get past
it and a lot of the wings have been chopped about over the years."
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 17 (upper), 40 (upper)
MIS(Military Intelligence Service) Japanese Aircraft - Plates and Markings, notes tail as "-905"
Thanks to Jim Long, G3M production statistics, table 2, notes
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January 9, 2018