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  J1N1-C Irving Manufacture Number ? Tail ?
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251 Kōkūtai

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Ray Fairfield 1972

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Phil Bradley 1997

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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, as a reconnaissance variant. Assigned to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 251 Kōkūtai.

Wartime History
Operated from Ballale Airfield during late June to early October 1943. Abandoned at Ballale Airfield, atop a pair of fuel drums and landing matt. Likely, this aircraft was under repair or overhaul, with both engines removed.

Wreckage
The cockpit instruments and engines are missing from this aircraft. Likely, they were recovered by the Japanese during the war during repairs or for spare parts. The nose section shows evidence of a nearby bomb blast that distorted the skin. After a severe April 2, 2007 earthquake and tsunami, the tail section of this aircraft was bent by the tsunami wave.

Resources
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 51 (lower right), 59 (lower right), 78 (middle)
States this aircraft had tail number 251-16, but this has not been confirmed in photos
Pacific Ghosts CD-ROM history & photos

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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