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  G4M1 Model 11 Betty Manufacture Number 1420 Tail 350
IJN
702 Kōkūtai
5th Hiko Buntai

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USMC December 29, 1943

Pilot  Yagita (?)
Force Landed  September 4, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works, completed during late July 1942. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 702 Kokutai, 5th Hiko Buntai.

Painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. A white horizontal stripe was painted on the tail above the number. Tail code 350 in white on both sides of the tail. The fuselage Hinomaru was outlined with a white circular border.

Wartime History
During early May 1943, this bomber was ferried from Kisarazu Airfield flying via Tinian before arriving at Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul.

Mission History
On September 4, 1943 crash landed at Cape Gloucester Airfield (Tuluvu). Afterwards, abandoned at the airfield. The tail section was intact with damage to the front half.

Wreckage
During late December 1943, this bomber was captured by U. S. Marines when they occupied Cape Gloucester Airfield.

References
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Tuluvu's Air War, Chapter X by Richard Dunn
Setting Suns page 25
Thanks to Richard Dunn and Jim Long for additional information

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Last Updated
February 1, 2018

 

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