Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type Zero Observation Seaplane (F1M2 Pete) manufacture number 57?? (last two digits unknown).
Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. Tail number 22. This aircraft likely operated from Buka Seaplane Base in the Buka Passage between Buka Island and Bougainville Island.
This Pete crashed in a mangrove swamp near Sohano Channel off Sohano Island in the Buka Passage.
In the late 1970s, the fuselage 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."
Sometime prior to April 2018, the fuselage was pushed over the hillside by a drunk person and now rests at the shoreline.
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April 11, 2019