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4th Kōkūtai

Pilot  PO1c Tatsuo Nakamura (KIA)
Co-Pilot  Sea2c Masaki Kuwabata (KIA)
Observer  W.O. Magoichi Aida (KIA)
Observer  Sea1c Mitsujirō Kubo (KIA)
Radioman  PO2c Sadaya Kawabata (KIA)
Radioman  Sea1c Kumao Noda (KIA)
Mechanic  PO1c Isao Yoshida (KIA)
Mechanic  PO2c Tadayoshi Owaki (KIA)

Crashed  March 24, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 4th Kōkūtai. Tail code F-???.

Mission History
On March 24, 1942 took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul on a solo reconnaissance mission over Port Moresby.

Over the target, P-40E Kittyhawk piloted by P-40E piloted by John Piper intercepted this bomber and shot it down causing it to crash into the sea 4-5 miles south of Hood Point. Before crashing, it appears to jettisoned bombs.

References
Kodochosho, 4th Kōkūtai, May 24, 1942
Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko 'Betty' Units of WWII page 39
Jackson's Few page 9
Seek and Strike page 13
War Diary 1942 March 24, 1942 "a Japanese reconnaissance bomber was shot down twelve miles out to sea."
Thanks to Osamu Tagaya, Richard Dunn, Luca Ruffato and Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
May 11, 2018

 

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