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? Kōkūtai

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Brian Bennett 1980s

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
This aircraft was sunk at its mooring off Matupit Seaplane Base off Matupit Island near Rabaul.

Wreckage
Sunken in shallow water and partially exposed depending on the tide. The wreckage includes the mid section of the fuselage, with the wings broken off to the sides. One engine is visible, and the tail is upside down behind the wreck. Reportedly, this wreckage is obscured by volcanic ash deposits from the 1994 eruption.

References
National Geographic "Ghosts of War" page 424-425

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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