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Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type Zero Observation Seaplane / F1M2 Pete manufacture number unknown (four digits).
Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai, likely the 958 Kōkūtai (958 Air Group) and operated from Kavieng Harbor Seaplane Base off Kavieng on New Ireland.
This Pete ditched or crashed off Kavieng Harbor sometime during 1942 to 1944. The fate of the crew unknown.
This Pete is upside down on a flat sandy bottom at a depth of 39m / 128'. The cowl mounted 7.7mm machine guns still in position. The mounted flexible gun which was operated from the rear cockpit is in the sand, with the drum magazine nearby.
This floatplane wreck was first discovered in April 2004 by Dorian Borcherds / SCUBA Kavieng. Nicknamed "Deep Pete" due to the depth of the dive. The water visibility is seldom below 30m, schools of friendly bat fish accompany divers, resident snappers, sweet lips and schooling barracuda and trevally are often found here.
Thanks to Dorian Borcherds / SCUBA Kavieng for additional information
39m / 128'
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