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

Pilot  Ogawa Nizo (survived)
Co-Pilot  Sakae Nagaoka (survived)
Reconnaissance  Arakawa Muneo (survived)
Reconnaissance  Inoue Shinichi (survived)
Reconnaissance  Ohta Masajiro (survived)
Reconnaissance  ? (survived)
Radio   Hanyu Kazumi (survived)
Radio   Toujinbara Seika (survived)
Engineer   Kanai
Nobuaki (survived)
Ditched  July 11, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 4th Kōkūtai, 1st Chutai, 1st Shotai. Tail "F-???" last three digits unknown.

Mission History
On July 11, 1942 one of nineteen bombers took off from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul escorted by eight A6M2 Zeros on a bombing mission against of Port Moresby. Damage, this bomber made an emergency landing ditching off Lae. The crew survived unhurt.

Rescue
The crew were rescued and returned to duty.

References
Kodochosho, 4th Kōkūtai, July 11, 1942
War Diary 1942 page 66
"71st Raid - Nineteen Jap bombers and eight Zeros attacking shipping today and fierce dogfights developed when our fighters intercepted, several of the bombers being attacked as they were releasing their bombs. Three bombers and one Zero were shot down for certain and three bombers damaged. Two of our fighters were lost and one damaged."
COIC Intelligence Resume No. 58 to 1100K/12/7/42
Australia Station - Sightings and Reports 11/7/42
"Raid 71. At 1150K/11 by 19 Serial 52 (ref. Airintel) escorted by 8 Zeros. Bombers made run from SW at approx 23,600 feet and apparently directed attack at Mangola near TATANA ISLAND. Most bombs fell in water, some on land - nil damage, nil casualties. One bomber on left of formation attempted to bomb "Mercy" [rescue boat?] ship between FISHERMAN ISLAND and LOLORUA ISLAND when approaching target - 5 bombs dropped which missed vessel due change of course. A/A engaged at 23,600 feet firing 95 rounds - one definite hit, two probable hits claimed by A/A, 1 bomber observed losing height. 23 Airacobras airborne, 8 returned with mechanical trouble, 5 did not locate enemy a/c., 2 attacked bombers before and during dropping of bombs . .... 3 Airacobras attacked 7 bombers at 12,000 feet - shots were seen to enter bombers and one tail gun silenced..."
Thanks to Yoji Sakaida, Richard Dunn, Edward Rogers and John Douglas for additional information

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February 4, 2018

 

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