Japanese G4M aircraft making a torpedo run against the American Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion force, 8 Aug 1942

Caption     Japanese G4M aircraft making a torpedo run against the American Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion force, 8 Aug 1942 ww2dbase
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Identification Code   80-G-17066
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Oct 2011 02:24:02 PM


This famous photograph of four G4M "Betty"
bombers of the 4th Kokutai, was taken during the Guadalcanal torpedo attack on August 8,1942.
The bomber near the camera can be seen without bomb bay doors, as seen by the humped geometry of the fuselage. The photo
could have been taken before or after the the torpedo was released. The other betty's
are so low I guess between 10 to 15 feet off the water, that you can see the aircraft's
The photograph was published in an original printing of Guadalcanal Diary in 1943.


The G4M1s had trouble with its bomb bay doors when they opened, they wouldn't always close, this created a lot of drag, and crews had them removed for operations.
The 65th production model, of the G4M1, had improved bomb bay doors, later model G4M2s had bulged doors.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Dec 2011 08:16:01 PM


The G4M "Betty" lower left in photograph was flown by Jun Takahashi his altitude was 5 meters above the water, thats 15 feet, that
was my estimate, between 10 to 15 feet, okay its more like 16.4 feet.
His orders were to drop his torpedo 1,000 meters closer to the target, his "Betty" was the only aircraft to survive the attack, when he returned to base, his plane had been hit 65 times in the fuselage and wings.
Jun Takahashi lives in Tokyo, Japan and is one of Japan's oldest WWII naval pilots at 89 years old.
3. Tom Elmore says:
23 Jan 2020 06:28:59 PM

My father, Jack Elmore, was a Gunners Mate on USS Crescent City, offloading at Guadalcanal on August 8, 1942. His ship was credited with downing four of the G4M Betty torpedo bombers that day.

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