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  H6K Mavis  
14th Kōkūtai

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Jack Fellows 2016
Observer  PO2c Takeshi Shimoyamada (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  October 23, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 97 Large Flying Boat / H6K Mavis manufacture number unknown. This flying boat was either model H6K4 or H6K5.

Wartime History
Assigned to 14th Kōkūtai (14th Air Group). Likely, this flying boat had a tail number.

Mission History
On October 23, 1942 at 5:30am took off from Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base with observer PO2c Takeshi Shimoyamada (highest ranking officer aboard) on a patrol mission over area R2 over the Solomon Sea. When this flying boat failed to return it was listed as Mssing In Action (MIA).

In fact, this flying boat encountered B-17E "Miss Fit" 41-2433 and engaged in an air-to-air combat with the enemy bomber over the Solomon Sea. After a battle that lasted forty-four minutes, the Mavis was shot down and crashed into the sea. The B-17 was damaged with several wounded aboard but managed to return to Espiritu Santo.

乙7~9期 静岡県出身者集合写真 (Group photo of people from Shizuoka Prefecture in the 7th to 9th periods)
"下山田武さん (Shimoyamada Takeshi) Flying boat 14th Air Group KIA October 23, 1942 Solomons"
Kodochosho 14th Kōkūtai - October 23, 1942 page 137
Clash of Titans by Jack Fellows (B-17 vs H6K combat October 23, 1942)
Aviation History Magazine "Pacific Tramps" (May 2016) cover art Clash of Titans by Jack Fellows article by Steve Birdsall pages 21-27 (Four-Engine Bombers Dogfight)
HistoryNet "Pacific Tramps" artwork Clash of Titans by Jack Fellows article by Steve Birdsall (reprint of Aviation History Magazine)
Thanks to Minoru Kamada for additional information

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November 20, 2021

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