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Shaharom Ahmad 2000

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Likely assigned to an Genzan Kōkūtai.

Wartime History
Crashed near Pahang, overturning into a swamp. Believed to be one of nine G3M Nells of the Genzan Kōkūtai that took off on December 9, 1941 on a mission to bomb Kuantan from 5,000'. Over the target, they were attacked by RAAF Hudson A16-17 piloted by F/O Widmer of 8 Squadron that was returning from a mission, and the pilot was credited with a G3M2 Nell probable over Kuantan (an observer on the ground reported seeing a plane on fire and two parachutes deployed). On December 31, Widmer was a flying navigator aboard a PBY Catalina of 205 Squadron.

In 1995, villagers discovered the crash site of an upside down aircraft. Initially, it was though this aircraft was a D3A Val, or Ki-51 Sonia until the discovery of a Mitsubishi dataplate, 7.7mm Lewis machine gun and large tail and stabilizer likely to be a G3M Nell bomber.

Goh Loon reports:
"A group of loggers has stumbled upon the wreckage of an aircraft in a forest near the Batu 14 Orang Asli settlement in Gambang. It is believed to be that of a WW II Japanese bomber as there was a symbol on part of its left wing brought out from the site by a worker of the logging company at 4pm yesterday. Police dispatched a team of 19 policemen, including six from the State police contingent's bomb disposal unit, to the site about 3pm to check on the wreckage after they were informed today. At 7:30pm, the police team had yet to return from the site which is six kilometers from the main road and not passable to vehicles. It is learned that part of the three hour track by foot involves a chest-deep walk through a kilometer of swamp. Logger Eng Tuck, 53, said his 25 year old son, Ah Leong discovered parts of wreckage about three months ago but ignored the matter. "One of the workers decided to inform the police on the discovery today as they have completed their assignment there", he said. Eng Tuck said SDCR was stenciled on several parts of the wing and this could shed some light on the identity of the aircraft."

During 2000, Shaharom Ahmad visited this crash site and found the Hinomaru on the wings and a 7.7mm machine gun, two boots and human remains.

Malaya Historical Group (MHG): Mitsubishi G3M Nell
Thanks to Shaharom Ahmad and Goh Loon for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 17, 2018


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