Built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo. This flying boat was either model H6K-4 or H6K5. Known as "M12" for the mooring at Tulagi Seaplane Base (Gavutu / Tanambogo).
Assigned to either that Yokusuka Kōkūtai or Yokohama Kōkūtai operating from Tulagi Seaplane Base (Gavutu / Tanambogo). Most likely, this flying boat was assigned to the Yokohama Kokutai.
Likely sunk at mooring "M12" off Gavutu Island into Gavutu Harbor sometime prior to August 7, 1942.
This Mavis sunk well south of mooring "M12" to the southeast of Gavutu Island into Gavutu Harbor. Little remains of this Mavis aside from scant, almost unrecognisable wreckage. During 1999, this wreckage was located in 1999 by ArchaeHistoria Solomons Expedition divers Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay.
Kevin Denlay adds:
"This is the 'remains' of a Mavis that Ewan Stevenson says was sunk pre August 7th. Almost nothing left of it, just bits an pieces on the reef. Only a snorkel 'dive'. and hardly worth that."
J-Aircraft Message Board "Mavis's off Tanambogo / Gavutu"
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson and Kevin Denlay for additional information
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November 9, 2019