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National Geographic 1988

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Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi Type 0 Observation Seaplane F1M2 Pete manufacture number unknown. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai operating at Rabaul.

Wartime History
This aircraft appears to have sunk, without damage at its mooring off Tavui Number 1 in Talili Bay. It is unclear why the aircraft sunk, but believed it sank while moored and was likely an operational loss.

This aircraft is a popular dive spot for guest of the Kula Lodge, this aircraft sunk just past the reef in 89' of water . It rests on a sandy bottom, with only the centerline pontoon twisted to the side. The rear 7.7mm machine was present until the 1990's when it was removed by a diver. Otherwise, the wreck is perfectly intact.

National Geographic "Ghost of the Pacific" April 1988

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April 4, 2021


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