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Floating Japanese G4M1 bomber off Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 8 Aug 1942 as seen from the destroyer USS Ellet. The bomber was shot down during an aerial torpedo attack on the Allied shipping off Tulagi. Photo 1 of 2

Caption     Floating Japanese G4M1 bomber off Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 8 Aug 1942 as seen from the destroyer USS Ellet. The bomber was shot down during an aerial torpedo attack on the Allied shipping off Tulagi. Photo 1 of 2 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-K-383
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Photos on Same Day 8 Aug 1942
Photos at Same Place Tulagi, Solomon Islands, British Western Pacific Territories
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Anonymous says:
24 Sep 2009 03:42:10 AM

thank you for the pics.my grandfather fought in ww2,it looks like they went through hell,but thank god we won.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Oct 2011 12:09:49 PM


G4M1 Betty of the 801st Kokutai was shotdown and made a water landing, upon impact the nose, engines and tail broke away how long did she stay afloat before sinking?

During US Marine landings on Guadalcanal on
August 8, 1942 twenty-three G4M1s attacked
US ships, eighteen were shotdown, with the loss of the crews, about 126 aviators.


During following battles, one hundred more Betty bombers were lost with them, were experienced and irreplaceable trained crews.
Looking at the photo, one can almost hear the sound of the water splashing against the fuselage, as the battle moved on. If anyone has more information, post it here at ww2db.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
23 Dec 2011 01:37:33 PM

Above photograph of "Betty" wreckage was taken from the Destroyer USS Ellet DD-398, as she operated off Guadalcanal & Tulagi in support of the US invasion of the area on August 8, 1942.
Black & White photos of the downed "Betty" were also taken from the ship:
Government File Photo # 80-G-19205


The Ellet fought off enemy air attacks and served throughout the Pacific. Received ten Battle Stars during WWII after the war, she was decommissioned October 1945 and later sold for scrap in 1947.
DD-398 was named after five members of the
Ellet family, who served during the Civil War
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Mar 2012 06:52:50 PM


This unit suffered the heaviest losses in crews and equipment during the battle of Guadalcanal.
Twenty-three G4Ms took off armed w/torpedoes covered by fifteen A6M Zero fighters, its mission was to attack US Navy transports unloading supplies.
Ten G4Ms were shotdown by anti-aircraft fire four were lost to F4F Wildcat fighters, Five returned to Rabaul, but damaged beyond repair and written off and the photo of the G4M that crashed into the sea, with three survivors, this G4M, couldn't make it back to Rabaul. Photo of the G4M, taken from the USS Ellet.

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WW2-Era Place Name Tulagi, Solomon Islands, British Western Pacific Territories
Lat/Long -9.1667, 160.1500
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