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  G4M1 Model 11 Betty Manufacture Number ? Tail Number F-355
IJN
4th Kōkūtai

Pilot  FPO1c Kazuhichi Inoue (survived)
Co-Pilot ?
Navigator ?
Gunner ?

Force Landed  May 18, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to 4th Kokutai.

Mission History
On May 18, 1942 one of sixteen G4M1 Betty bombers led by Lt. Commander Hatsuhiko Watanabe took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul armed with 60kg bombs on a bombing mission against Port Moresby. The formation was escorted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kōkūtai.

Over the target, the Bettys dropped their bombs over 7 Mile Drome hitting the northwest end of the runway and dispersal area damaging water supplies, telephone lines, tents, a mess hall and two trucks from the Australian Army 17th anti-tank regiment, C Troop.

After completing the bomb run, the Bettys were intercepted by Airacobras from the 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron and 36th Fighter Squadron. This bomber was hit causing at least thirty-five bullet holes, damaging one engine and causing it to smoke. Aboard, four of the crew were wounded. This Betty crash landed at Lae Airfield at 10:10am and afterwards was written off.

Wreckage
Afterwards, this Betty was written off and abandoned at Lae Airfield. This bomber was G4M1 Betty 3187 captured at during September 1943, that Allied investigators believed was written off during the middle of May 1942.

References
Kodochosho, 4th Kōkūtai, May 18, 1942
AWM 52-1-5-51-014 pages 6-9
Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko 'Betty' Units of World War 2 page 41
Eagles of the Southern Sky pages 139-140
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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