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  N1K2-J Model 21 George Manufacture Number ?  
IJN
343 Kōkūtai

Aircraft History
Built by Kawanishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as N1K2-J Model 21 Shiden Kai manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the 343 Kokutai. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
This aircraft ditched into Jyoen Hisayoshi Bay (Hisayoshi Bay, Hido Bay) in southern Japan. This aircraft is believed to be piloted by Kaneyoshi Muto, one of six N1K2 that went missing on July 24, 1945 on a mission over the Bungo Straight and ditched into Jyoen Hisayoshi Bay.

Wreckage
On November 18, 1978 this aircraft was discovered underwater in Jyoen Hisayoshi Bay (Hisayoshi Bay, Hido Bay). The aircraft was completely intact with only the tips of the propellers were bent backward during the ditching and the fuselage pitted with holes due to corrosion. No sign of the pilot's remains were present, even though the canopy was closed when discovered. The aircraft's manufacture number or tail code was never located. Afterwards, salvaged.

Display
This aircraft is displayed indoors at the Shinden-Kai Exhibition Hall (Nanreku Misho Koen) in Uwajima on Shikoku Island. The N1K2 is painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces with Hinomaru markings. The corrosion on the fuselage remains visible and none of the fabric control surfaces have been repaired.

References
Genda's Blade: 343 Kōkūtai - Japan's Squadron of Aces
After The Battle Issue 28 by T. Murashima
Thanks to Koji Takaki and Henry Sakaiada for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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