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  G3M3 Model 23 Nell Manufacture Number 460 Tail Number G-315
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Genzan Kōkūtai

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USAAF September 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, completed during late October 1941. Uncoded serial number 60. Fuel tank dataplate had the date October 24, 1941. Rudders were dated October 10, 1941. One engine was Kinsei Model 45 serial number 184524, completed October 11, 1941. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Assigned to the Genzan Kōkūtai with tail number G-315, with a white diagonal strip on the tail. This bomber had Hokoku Number 538 (presentation number) on the right side of the fuselage, also two vertical white stripes. The aircraft appears to have had a natural aluminum over sprayed with green camouflage paint.

Wartime History
During September 1943, this aircraft was abandoned at Lae Airfield. The cockpit section was burned out.

References
Yokoi Hokoku List
Thanks to Jim Long for additional information
MIS (Military Intelligence Service) Japanese Aircraft - Plates and Markings
G3M production statistics, table 4, notes by Jim Long

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January 31, 2018

 

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