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.
the Kanoya Kōkūtai was designated the 751 Kōkūtai.
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
This Betty crashed on Buka Island, north of Buka
Airfield. After impact, the bomber burned, leaving only the tail section intact.
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
to Josh Mcdade in
It is supposed to be approximately
200 meters from the SW end in a linear
line with the runway from the
A number of Peace Monitoring Group members have made attempts to search this
area which is
highly overgrown with no luck.
is thick and commonly up to six meters high.
Viewing from overhead
helicopter flights have not been helpful.
"On maps is a Betty at this airfield.
"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."
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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June 29, 2019