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  G4M1 Model 11 Betty Manufacture Number 2806 Tail U-321
IJN
705 Kōkūtai

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William Bartsch 1975

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M Claringbould 1977
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David Paulley 1982

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Phil Bradley 1997

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during May 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 705 Kokutai. Tail code U-321. Painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Ballale Airfield in its ravetment. A large bomb crater is present off the starboard wing. Neither engine is present, presumably removed during the war for repair or swap with another bomber.

Wreckage
Standing on its landing gear, and rotted remains of its tires, this wreck is a most impressive site. Pieces of the cowling of one engine are present, and the flap is still attached to the starboard wing. Remarkably presevered hinomarums are visible on the lower surfaces of both wings. The top of the tail is missing.

Sometime after 1977, a tree impacted the nose, damaging it.

Justin Taylan visited in 2003:
"On the tail, only 'U-3' was visibile, but previous visitors and records confirm this marking to be U-321 or U2-321."

References
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 18 (lower), 39 (upper) 56 (upper)
Charles Darby noted Manufacture Number and tail number in 1974
Hostages To Freedom page 444
Thanks to William Bartsch, Charles Darby and Yoji Sakaida for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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