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  D4Y1 Judy Manufacture Number 4316 Tail Taka-13
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Aircraft History
Built by Yokosuka. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 2 Carrier Recon-Dive Bomber Suisei / D4Y (Judy) manufacture number 4316.

Wartime History
This Judy was assigned to a reconnaissance unit and disabled at Colonia Airfield on Yap Island.

Wreckage
The wreckage of this Judy remained in situ at Colonia Airfield on Yap Island. During 1980, this aircraft was recovered by Nobuhiko End with funding from Nippon Television (Channel 4) that documented the recovery that later aired on television. The recovered wreckage was flown aboard a Continental Airlines plane to Japan.

Restoration
This Judy was restored at Kisarazu Airfield at Hanger G under the leadership of aircraft researcher Shoichi Tanaka. The restoration used components of three different D4Y2 wrecks to create a a complete aircraft. Replicas were made for missing parts. On November 29 1979, the static restored plane completed and painted in the original markings with tail code Taka-13.

Display
On April 5, 1988 donated to Yasukuni Jinja (Yasukuni Shrine) and placed on display at the Yūshūkan (Yasukuni Museum) in the Great Exhibition Hall. Hanging above is a replica MXY7 Model 11 Ohka.

References
Nippon Television (Channel 4) documentary on Judy
Thanks to Shoichi Tanaka for additional information

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August 14, 2023

 

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