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Justin Taylan 2003

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). Likely, assigned to the 851 Kōkūtai.

Wartime History
Abandoned or sunk along Poporang Island at the Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base.

Wreckage
Cockpit, fuselage intact up to the tail. The wing, engines and floats are also present. The wings have fallen forward, and the engines dropped downward.  The waist is mangled, possibly from sinking.

Justin Taylan adds:
"This is an enormous airplane wreck.  I snorkeled the wreck, and the guide wires are still present on the wings, and wing floats. It is a spectacular site. In September 2003 the nose and cockpit were intact. In October 2005, they had broken apart. It was unclear if it was natural wave action or caused by humans."

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 49 (upper, middle right)

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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Mavis

SCUBA
15 - 35'

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