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|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
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.
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