Built by Nakajima, as a reconnaissance variant. Assigned to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 251 Kōkūtai.
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.
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.
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
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January 31, 2018