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  G3M2 Nell Manufacture Number 3617 Tail Code M-905
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Mihoro Kōkūtai

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AWM March 28, 1944

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Ray Fairfield 1967

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Charles Darby 1970s

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John Douglas 1996

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Mark Reichman 2007

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
This bomber was abandoned at Gasmata Airfield.

Wreckage
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."

References
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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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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