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 moored about about 500 yards off Chongs Wharf in Makin Lagoon off Makin Island. Strafed by U. S. Navy (USN) F6F Hellcats and sunk. Also sunk were H8K2 Emily No. 1 and H8K2 Emily No. 2.
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 this wreck and recovered the radio using an air lift 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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August 18, 2018