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755 Kōkūtai
2 Hiko Chutai

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3 Hiko Chutai

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Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima or Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 755 Kokutai, 3 Hiko Chutai with tail code "Y1-2??" (last two digits unknown) with a pair of diagonal white strips above the code. Next, assigned to the 2 Hiko Chutai with tail Code "Y1-3??" (last two digits unknown). The "2" in the original tail code was painted out and replaced with a "1".

Wartime History
Operated from Tarawa Airfield and abandoned at the airfield in a bone yard area. After the US Marine Corps landing on Tarawa on November 20, 1943 the wreckage was captured when the airfield was seized.

During the American occupation of Tarawa, the wreckage of this aircraft picked over for souvenirs. Most of the skin was removed from the aircraft. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

J-Aircraft "IJN Land-Based Bomber Units & Formation Markings, 1940~1945: Parts I-IX"

Thanks to Jim Lansdale for additional information

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Last Updated
October 30, 2018


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