Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during May 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). 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.
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."
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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January 31, 2018