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702 Kōkūtai
5th Hiko Buntai

US Army c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during May 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 702 Kōkūtai, 5th Hiko Buntai. Tail code 2-343 with a single white strip above the number. Painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces.

Mission History
On June 30, 1943 took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul armed with an aerial torpedo on a mission along against the U. S. Navy Task Force supporting the American landing at Rendova Island. Also, nine Bettys from the 705 Kokutai participated in the attack. Over the target, this Betty was shot down and crashed on Rendova Island.

This bomber crashed into a forested area on Rendova Island. The tail section survivedg largely intact with the tail code 2-343 and a single white stripe visible on the wreckage.

Thanks to Minoru Kamada and Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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