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  G4M1 Model 11 Betty Manufacture Number 1800 Tail U2-???
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702 Kōkūtai

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Ray Fairfield 1977

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M Claringbould 1977

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Justin Taylan 2003

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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during May 1943. At the factory, painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 1 Attack Bomber / G4M1 Model 11 Betty manufacture number 1800.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 702 Kōkūtai. Tail code U2-???. This bomber was abandoned on Ballale Airfield on the northern end of the island, resting on landing matt and fuel drums.

Wreckage
Both engines have fallen forward from their mounts, or were removed during the war and lie in front of the aircraft. Its tail section is unbolted and missing beyond the waist blisters. The vertail portion of the tail was lying on the ground behind the aircraft, badly damaged with no numbers visible.

Charles Darby adds:
"I'm fairly sure 1800 had ASV antennae along the nose, and from memory it wasn't the only one. I will look through my detail negs and let you know if I find anything. In 1975 you could raise and lower flaps with hydraulic hand pump and aproriate level selection."

During August 2018, this bomber was recovered by a foreign salvager using a wheel dolly in place of each landing gear leg and moved past the terminal then to the beach on Ballale Island for export. Also salvaged was G4M1 Betty 2806 and G4M1 early model fusealge.

References
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 54, 74 (lower)
Charles Darby noted manufacture number and tail number in 1974

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Last Updated
October 26, 2018

 

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