Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to ? Kokutai. Tail number 22.
Likely, this aircraft operated from Buka Seaplane Base.
Crashed in a mangrove swamp in the Sohano Channel off Sohano Island in the Buka Passage.
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."
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December 28, 2015