Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a G4M2 Model 22 Type 1 Bomber (G4M2 Betty), manufacture number unknown.
Assigned to the 763 Kokutai. Tail 763-12 painted in white on both sides of the tail. This bomber was painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Equipped with yagi antennas for aerial radar in the nose and fuselage. This Betty operated from Clark Field on Luzon.
During late January 1945, this Betty was captured relatively intact at Clark Field by U. S. Army soldiers. Afterwards, studied by Air Technical Air Intelligence Unit (ATIU). The green paint was stripped off the paint to the natural aluminum finish and on the tail was a painted a red and white stripe with "Technical Air Intel S.W.P.A.". Both propeller spinners were painted red. US star and bar markings were painted on the fuselage.
Setting Suns page 23, 26-27
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May 31, 2018