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.
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.
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.
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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January 9, 2018