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|Co-Pilot Rinpei Komai (survived)
Ditched August 21, 1945 around midnight
After Japanese capitulation, on August 17, 1945 U. S. Army General MacArthur instructed the Japanese to send emissaries to Manila to arrange the formal surrender, and bring with them all of Japan's defensive plans. Japanese Army Chief of Staff, General Umezu refused to participate and delegated the mission to General Torashiro Kawabe, who choose fifteen staff members to accompany him.
Rendezvousing with two B-25J Mitchells from the 345th Bombardment Group, with two others flying backup in case the first two missed the rendezvous point, before locating the two Japanese were bombers flying slightly off course. Providing top cover were six P-38 Lighting of the 80th Fighter Squadron. The Americans assigned the call signs "Bataan I" and "Bataan II" to the Japanese aircraft. This G6M1-L was assigned call sign "Bataan I". The Japanese landed at Ie Shima Airfield at 12:40pm in front of a large crowd of Americans gathered to witness their arrival.
On the ground, the delegation boarded C-54E Skymaster 44-9045 and were flown to Manila to meet with General MacArthur's staff to establish the details for the surrender. Both Bettys and their air crews remained at Ie Shima Airfield.
After the meeting, the delegation returned to Ie Shima Airfield on August 20, 1945. While taxiing at Ie Shima Airfield the other aircraft G4M1 Betty "Bataan 2" slipped off the runway and required minor wheel repairs that required five to remain behind while the rest of the crew and passengers boarded "Bataan 1" instead
On August 21, 1945 after midnight "Bataan 1" developed a fuel leak, reportedly due to the incorrect conversion from a gallon to a liter when the bombers were refueled. Low on fuel, this bomber ditched into shallow water off the east coast of Honshu roughly 130 miles short of Tokyo. Everyone aboard survived unhurt.
Fates of the Crew
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