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  G4M2 Model 12 Betty    
? Kōkūtai

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George Pierce 1951

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Roy Wiggs 1962

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya No. 3 Works. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as G4M2 Model 12 Betty manufacture number unknown. Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai. No known markings or tail code.

Wartime History
This Betty force landed with the landing gear retracted at Susaki Airfield on Chi Chi Jima. Possibly, loaded with supplies as a cargo aircraft. Afterwards, the aircraft was written off and abandoned.

This Betty remained in situ at Susaki Airfield. During the early 1950s, the bomber was largely intact with both engines in place and the tips of the four bladed propellers bent backward from the landing. By the early 1960s the cockpit section had collapsed and the exterior paint weathered away revealing the red primer paint below. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Roy Wiggs recalls:
"I photographed this Betty in October of 1962. The wreckage is in the woods beside a very crude airstrip. The airstrip was located on the east side of the island and was very easy to find. The crash site was on the eastern side of the bay towards the northern end."

Thanks to Roy Wiggs for additional information

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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