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.
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.
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
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."
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
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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January 9, 2018