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  H6K Mavis Tail 36
IJN
851 Kōkūtai

Commander  Lt Tsuneo Hitsuji
Pilot  Ensign Kobayashi
Co-Pilot
 PO1 Kira
Crew
 Lt(jg) Ide
Engineer
 Leading Mechanic Nakano
Gunner
 PO1 Takahashi
Radio
  
PO2 Watanabe (WIA)
Damaged  November 21, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. This flying boat was either model H6K4 or H6K5. Assigned to the 851 Kōkūtai. Tail code was either '36', or 'O-36' or '851-36' or '51-36'.

Wartime History
Took off on November 21, 1942 from Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base. At 7:00 150 nautical miles south of Guadalcanal on patrol.

Encountered a B-17 in the area, that trailed it. The Mavis made a turn into the B-17 and the tail gunner fired at it, leaving the port engine smoking, and caused it to flee, and continued their search mission.

At 8:50, they encountered another bomber, B-17E Flying Fortress 41-????. Faster, the bomber flew alongside and passed the flyingboat, then made six firing passes, down to nearly sea level. Heavily damaging the flyingboat and wounding some of the crew. Finally, the shootout ended when both disengaged.

The B-17 was also damaged and made an emergency landing at Henderson Field at 14:30.

The damaged flyingboat was able to successfully land back at Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base, but had suffered nose damage, that caused the nose to flood with seawater by the time they landed. The flyingoboat had ninety-three 50 caliber bullet holes from the combat.

References
Saigo No Hikotei (The Last Flying Boat) by Hitsuji
Shootout Between H6K5 Mavis and B-17 by Hitsuji

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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