Saturday 20 September 2014

Mitsubishi F1M "Reikan" (Pete)

A Type 0 Observation Seaplane or Mitsubishi F1M "Reikan" (Pete) is flying over Rabaul, New Britain island. It belongs to the 958th Kokutai which was organised on December 1, 1942 in Rabaul with floatplanes from the seaplane tender Kiyokawa Maru becoming part of the 8th Fleet. On May 1, 1944 the unit became part of the 11th Air Fleet and was based in Rabaul until the end of the War. The photo was taken in the spring of 1943. 

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