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Crashed January 14, 1944
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during late November 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai.
On January 14, 1944 took off on night mission and ditched south of Tutipari Island (Tetepare Island) at roughly 8 54' S - 157 35' E. The cause of the crash was unknown. After the crash, the forward section remained afloat. The crew of six survived and were able to deploy their life raft.
Fates of the Crew
On January 17 a PV-1 Ventura searched for the bomber, but failed to find it. Later, that day, it was spotted by an SBD Dauntless 25 miles from the Russell Islands. Two nearby APC unsuccessfully attempted to tow the bomber, which was still afloat.
Their observations, filed an ATIS report include:
On January 18, 1944 Allied inspectors were flown to the Russell Island and a squadron of aircraft searched for the floating bomber all day without result. It was believed the wreckage sank during the night of July 17-18.
References Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
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