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  G6M1-L2 Betty Manufacture Number 209 Tail V-903
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Tainan Kōkūtai

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US Army December 1942

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Justin Taylan 2005

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi, completed during November 1940. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). This aircraft was possibly used for field testing as an escort gunship variant. Assigned to the 1st Kokutai with tail code Z-985.

Later, transferred to the Tainan Kōkūtai with tail code V-903. This aircraft was one of two G6M1 transports used by the unit, the other was G6M1-L2 613 Tail Number V-902.

Wartime History
On August 29, 1942 this aircraft was destroyed on the ground at Buna Airfield (Old Strip), with the center section burned out during a strike by 5th Air Force B-26 Marauders and P-400s Airacobras.

Wreckage
The wing and tail section of this bomber are displayed at the end of Buna Airfield, near the war memorials.  A second wing in poorer condition was likely transported to the nearby Buna War Museum, displayed sticking vertically out of the ground.

References
Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko 'Betty' Units of World War 2 by Osamu Tagaya page 40, 42

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January 31, 2018

 

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