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  H6K Mavis (M1)   
25th Air Flotilla
Yokusuka Kōkūtai
or Yokohama Kōkūtai

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Kevin Denlay 2002

Aircraft History
Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. This flying boat was either model H6K-4 or H6K5.

Wartime History
Assigned to either that Yokusuka Kōkūtai or Yokohama Kōkūtai (more likely), operating from Tulagi Seaplane Base (Gavutu / Tanambogo).

On August 7, 1942 this flying boat was believed to be moored to mooring "M1" just off the west tip of Tanambogo Island. At 6:00am, US Navy F4F Wildcats from VF-71's 2nd Division including Lt. S. Down Wright (claimed 3 VP) and Ensign Roland H. Kenton (claimed 3 VP) strafed the flyingboats, causing them to burn and sink.

The First Team And the Guadalcanal Campaign page 36-37
"To the east Wright discovered the other nest of four flying boats anchored in a semicircle around Tanambogo's north coast. On the first pass he and Roland Kenton set on fire four targets: a mixture of flying boats, lighters, and fuel barges gray and indistinct in the darkness except for the dazzling flames again, Wright sank a silver rubber boat full of flight personnel who bravely set out northeast from Gavutu. In the meantime, Kenton burned two more floating object. Together they tallied six flying boats, but in fact they destroyed all four remaining Type 97s."

Located in 1999 by ArchaeHistoria Solomons Expedition including divers Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay after being alerted to a possible wreck in that area by Brian Bailey, a salvage diver operating in the Solomons in the early 1970s.

Kevin Denlay dove this wreck in 1999 and 2002:
"Very broken up, no roof on cockpit, and broken in half just aft of the pilot's positions, Rest of wreck a jumbled mess. A couple of engines lay side by side, and the remains of a float and rudder can be seen. The most destroyed of all 4 diveable Mavis at Tanambogo."

Thanks to Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay for additional information
The First Team And the Guadalcanal Campaign page 36-37
J-Aircraft Message Board "Mavis's off Tanambogo / Gavutu"

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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