Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya during June 1942. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. No known markings.
During 1942 or 1943, this Betty took off on a bombing mission against Guadalcanal. Over the target, crashed into the forest near The Gifu.
During 1995, the crash site was located by villagers from Barana who recovered the right outer wing to Barana Village Relic Display (Barana Museum).
Peter Flahavin adds:
"In 1995 the first things we
noticed as the taxi pulled up was a large segment of Betty
bomber wing, still with the red primer paint and most of
the "meatball". There were also engine controls
and a Zero drop tank leaning against a tree, from the
Lunga Point area they said. Not
wanting to see these items go the way of the Betty tail
fin at Bloody Ridge the museum let it be known they would
not be pleased if the aircraft remains went missing. These
fragments were still there in 1996, although deteriorating
and losing paint out in the open."
During 2006, the control columns, instrument panel and radio were also on display. During 2006, two bomb racks and a piece of exterior skin with "340" were also placed on display. The manufacture number 1340 was stenciled on the interior of fuselage skin and on the bomb racks.
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Thanks to Peter Flahavin for additional information
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January 9, 2018