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Brisbane Kotaru 2018

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works. At the factory, painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. The fuselage Hinomaru was surrounded by a white square. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 1 Attack Bomber / G4M1 Model 11 Betty with an early extended tail cone.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. This bomber likely operated from Ballale Airfield and was written off or damaged on the ground by an American air raid. Afterwards, the rear fuselage was unbolted and parts removed inclidng the left and right stabalizers and the tail section.

Afterwards, the rear fusealge section was abandoned in a northern bone yard area on Ballale Island. Removed was the tail, stabilizers, rear wheel and fuselage door. The interior was gutted. Likely, these parts were removed during the war for use as spare parts on other bombers.

Wreckage
This rear fuselage remained in a bone yard area on Ballale Island a short distance from G4M1 Betty 2671. This rear fuselage remained in situ until the end of 2018.

During August 2018, the rear fuselage was recovered by a foreign salvager to the edge of Ballale Island for export. Also salvaged was G4M1 Betty 2806.

References
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Thanks to Brisbane Kotaru for additional photographs

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Last Updated
October 26, 2018

 

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