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  F1M2 Pete Manufacture Number 57?? Tail 22
IJN
? Kōkūtai

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Franklin Bridgewater 1965
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circa 1970s
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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to ? Kokutai. Tail number 22.

Wartime History
Likely, this aircraft operated from Buka Seaplane Base.

Mission History
Crashed in a mangrove swamp in the Sohano Channel off Sohano Island in the Buka Passage.

Wreckage
In the late 1970s, the fueslage was recovered and moved to Sohano Island, where it is displayed next to the Japanese memorial, possibly in the early 1980's when a war memorial was built. A propeller hub is displayed with the fuselage.

Justin Taylan adds:
"I visited this wreck in 2003, sadly, graffiti was painted on the left side of the fuselage, and many pieces of fuselage skin had been removed."

References
Pacific War Images page 22 (top)

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December 28, 2015

 

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