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851 Ku Sept 42–Feb43
|Pilot Mashio Kira
Co-Pilot Ensign Saburo
Reconnaissance Myoshi Kiwoshita
Reconasissance ? (WIA - light wounds)
Reconasissance Hiyama Yamaguchi (WIA, light wounds)
Radio Sachio Hirayama
Tail Gunner / Radio Omeura (KIA)
Mechanic Yujiro Tsuroka
Mechanic Minooru Yokota
Force Landed January 26, 1943
While taking off, the flyingboat was attacked from below by a pair of P-39 Airacobras from the 70th Fighter Squadron (70th FS) P-39 piloted by McCulla and P-39 piloted by Fiedler. They made a single pass and managed to damaged the flying boat's hull and three aboard were slightly wounded and the tail gunner was killed. The five escorting Zeros had not noticed the low approach of the P-39s but dove down to intercepted, claiming one shot down, P-39 pilot McCulla and the other managed to escape.
Returning to Shortland Seaplane Base at 9:30am, the flying boat sank upon landing due to damage inflicted to the hull. Japanese Navy personnel and Shortland islanders attempted to tow it ashore. Afterwards, some gear was salvaged but it declared a total loss and then left to sink.
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