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  G4M1 Model 11 Betty Manufacture Number 2671  
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? Kōkūtai

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Ray Fairfield 1971

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Phil Bradley 1997

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Bill Davies 2003

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Yoji Sakaida 2005

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during March 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai, possibly 702 Kokutai or 705 Kokutai.

Wartime History
This bomber force landed at Ballale Airfield with the port engine stopped and came to rest at the northern end of the runway. Afterwards, abandoned on the island.

Wreckage
It appears the cockpit section rolled into the port propeller blade. The tail is missing beyond the waist blisters, and twisted upside and backwards behind the aircraft.  The leading edge of the right wing and landing gear on that side is precisely removed, possibly during the war to scavenge usable parts. The cockpit and nose section are completely stripped of all parts, equipment and fittings, again likely during the war. The right engine is broken off its mount and located about 5-7m from the aircraft partially embedded in the ground. There is flak or bullet hole damage visible on the fuselage section. A debris feild lies around the aircraft including many fragments, including exhaust stack '346' (possibly this bomber's tail number) and lower portion of a seat, and other twisted bits of aluminum. The main dataplates in the cockpit are missing.

References
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks includes photos of this aircraft
Charles Darby noted the manufacture number and tail number in 1974
Hostages To Freedom page 445

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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