Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. This flying boat was either model H6K-4 or H6K5.
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 "M6" to the west of Palm (Gaomi) and northeast of Tanambogo
Island. That morning, it was hit by US Navy aircraft, causing it to burn and sink
Discovered in 1999 during ArchaeHistoria Solomons Expedition by divers including Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay. Jack-knifed in half when it sank, with the tail now pointing in almost the same direction as the bow (which is still attached by cable to its mooring), with both wings folded over so they rest upside down on the opposite sides of the fuselage to their correct location. Otherwise a very ‘complete’ wreck. Sometimes referred to as the "Phallic Mavis"‚ because if how its bow stands erect off the seabed.
Kevin Denlay adds:
"M6 was still actually attached to it's nearby mooring block by a wire cable when we first located the wreck in 1999."
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay for additional information
J-Aircraft Message Board "Mavis's off Tanambogo / Gavutu"
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January 31, 2018