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  G3M3 Model 23 Nell Manufacture Number ? Tail Y1-3??
755 Kōkūtai
2 Hiko Chutai

Former Assignment
3 Hiko Chutai

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Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima or Mitsubishi. At the factory, painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces with fuselage Hinomaru outline with a white border. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 96 Land Based Attack Bomber / G3M Rikko (Nell) manufacture number unknown.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 755 Kōkūtai (755 Air Group), 3 Hiko Chutai with tail code "Y1-2??" (last two digits unknown) with a pair of diagonal white strips above the tail code. Next, assigned to the 2 Hiko Chutai with tail Code "Y1-3??" (last two digits unknown). The "2" in the original tail code was painted out and replaced with a "1".

Wartime History
This Nell operated from Tarawa Airfield. This bomber sustained damage and was abandoned in the bone yard area.

On November 20, 1943 the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) landed on Tarawa. After the battle, the wreckage of this bomber was captured in the bone yard area of Tarawa Airfield.

During the American occupation of Tarawa, the wreckage of this aircraft picked over for souvenirs by U. S. personnel. Most of the skin was removed from the aircraft. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

J-Aircraft "IJN Land-Based Bomber Units & Formation Markings, 1940~1945: Parts I-IX"

Thanks to Jim Lansdale for additional information

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Last Updated
May 21, 2020


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