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  G4M1 Model 11  Betty Manufacture Number ? Tail K-393
IJN
751 Kōkūtai

Former Assignment
Kanoya Kōkūtai

Click For EnlargementCharles Darby c1974

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via Yoji Sakaida 1997

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Kanoya Kōkūtai. Tail code K-393. Painted with the prewar green and brown disperse camouflage pattern with gray lower surfaces.

Wartime History
At the start of the Pacific War, this bomber was likely based in the Saigon area and participated in the Malay campaign. Afterwards, converted to a transport and operated in the Southern operations area. On November 1, 1942
the Kanoya Kōkūtai was designated the 751 Kōkūtai.

Mission History
This Betty crashed on Buka Island, north of Buka Airfield. After impact, the bomber burned, leaving only the tail section intact.

Wreckage

During 1974, the prewar green and brown disperse camouflage pattern was still visible and tail code K-393. Reportedly, this wreckage was a day's trek north of Buka Airfield.

According to Josh Mcdade in 1999:
"On maps is a Betty at this airfield. It is supposed to be approximately 200 meters from the SW end in a linear line with the runway from the SNW corner. A number of Peace Monitoring Group members have made attempts to search this area which is highly overgrown with no luck. The overgrowth is thick and commonly up to six meters high. Viewing from overhead helicopter flights have not been helpful. "

Justin Taylan adds:
"In September 2003, I attempted to locate this wreck.  Locals took me to the north side of the strip, where there were a few small pieces of a Japanese aircraft.  I believe this was just wreckage or bits from another aircraft.  The Betty, no one knew about and it would take further investigations to locate, or it has been scrapped it seems."

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 28

"There is some reason to believe that this aircraft could have been as one of the 30 G6M1 heavy escort fighter and subsequently converted to a transport, but the remainder of the aircraft was too badly burned for any conclusive evidence to remain."

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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