Archaehistoria

The Malaitan BETTY bomber

Figure 1
The Mitsubishi G4M1 Navy Type 1 Attack Bomber Model 11 (BETTY) which crashed into the rainforest covered mountains of the East coast of Malaita would have looked very much like this depiction. The Malaitan Betty is probably from the Takao Kokutai and therefore would have tail code “T” on the tail. Incredibly, three of the seven man crew survived the crash on Malaita but were captured and held as POWs by the British authorities on Malaita Island in early October 1942. [Colour profile by Mark Styling, p. 49, of Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko ‘Betty’ Units of World War 2 by Osamu Tagaya, Osprey Publishing, 2001].

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