Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works during March or April 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as G4M1 Model 11 Betty manufacture number 4698. This bomber was fitted with rubber on the lower wings to protect the fuel tanks. Painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces with black on the top of the nose and engines. Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. No known tail markings.
This Betty was disabled and abandoned on the southern end of the runway at Kahili Airfield (Buin) on southern Bougainville.
The rear of the aircraft was destroyed by a bomb and the right wing was heavily damaged.
The front half of this bomber remains in situ standing on its landing gear. Sometime prior to the middle 1970s, a tree impacted the rear cockpit causing the nose to angle downward. The left engine is intact and the right engine is removed from the mount. The rear of the aircraft and the right outer wing was destroyed by Allied bombing.
Air'Tell Research Report "G4M Serial Numbers" by Jim Long
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 64 (upper)
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April 22, 2018