Mystery Plane

by wjw on November 3, 2016

pict0159I’ve run a number of mystery plane contests, with my online friends of the Ground Observer Corps never taking longer than about 20 minutes to identify the plane.  So I thought I’d put up a poser.

What plane did I find here on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean?  There’s an oval defense blister on the side, another blister on top, and a cigar-shaped fuselage.  You can see the remains of an engine nacelle on the wing.  The other diver should give it scale.

What have I found?  The clock is ticking.

Eric Simonson November 3, 2016 at 2:25 am

Looks like a Betty

Stephen Ormsby November 3, 2016 at 2:40 am

I’m going go with a F4U Corsair.

Michael Grosberg November 3, 2016 at 3:44 am

Mitsubishi G4m, I think.

Ralf T. Dog November 3, 2016 at 4:32 am

Prototype for the flying sub?

Jason Larke November 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

I agree with Michael – G4M Betty seems like a good guess.

wjw November 4, 2016 at 12:33 am

Excellent work, troops! It’s the Mitsubishi G4M, known to the allies as “Betty.”

(I looked underwater for Veronica, but didn’t see her.)

This particular Betty crashed a few hundred yards short of the runway, but it isn’t known whether this was pilot error or enemy action.

I entered the hull and cruised its length, enjoying the vast clouds of small fish that inhabited the place, but the exit was too small for me and I had to double back.

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