Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. This flying boat was either model H6K4 or H6K5. Assigned to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) to the ? Kōkūtai.
During September 1943 sunk off Makin Island about 500 yards off Chongs Wharf at its moorings by a U. S. Navy carrier aircraft during September 1943. Also sunk were two H6K Emily flyingboats.
This flying boat was discovered about 500 yards northwest of the end of King's wharf. Known to local fisherman, small parts have been pulled up over the years in fishing nets. During 1992, Stan Gajda dove it and recovered a radio with an airlift pump. He then completed preservation and conservation work on the items.
Stan Gajda adds:
"I also recovered and restored the 20mm Type 99 Oerlikon swivel gun from
the sunken Mavis at Makin."
Thanks to Stan Gajda for additional information.
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January 31, 2018