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More photos of the WWII Japanese Showa L2D Tabby transporter wreck

 Have been researching for a couple of days and had some good pointers.  There’s still more research to be done (and more dives also), in order to finalize an identification…and hopefully find some definitive physical evidence of the wreck’s identity.  The closest match so far is a WWII-era, Japanese, Showa/Nakajima L2D Tabby transporter wreck. The aircraft was a license built (pre-war) variant of the C-47 Skytrain / DC-3 Dakota..

Wikipedia detail of the HERE

Showa L2D Tabby
Cockpit view from underneath (bottom/front for the wing in foreground)
Showa L2D Tabby tail section
Showa L2D Tabby tail section from the rear (inverted)
Showa L2D Tabby Tail Fin
Showa L2D Tabby tail fin from the side
Showa L2D Tabby starboard undercarriage
Showa L2D Tabby starboard undercarriage, seen from the rear (bottom view)
Showa L2D Tabby starboard tail fin
Showa L2D Tabby starboard tail fin, seen from the bottom, with flaps hanging loose vertically.
Showa L2D Tabby Tail Fin
Showa L2D Tabby tail fin from the side
Showa L2D Tabby starboard passenger door
Passenger door on the starboard fuselage, just behind the wing.
Showa L2D Tabby starboard landing gear
Starboard side landing gear – the tire is hanging off the front and the engine has ripped off totally.
Showa L2D Tabby side of cockpit view
View of remains of cockpit area, from starboard side.
Showa L2D Tabby side door window
View (from below) of the side passenger door on the starboard side (detail of the ‘window’ in the door.
Showa L2D Tabby side passenger door window
Another view of the ‘window’ in the passenger door. If it is a Showa L2D Tabby, this was also used for a gun position.
Showa L2D Tabby rear wheel
Rear wheel (tail wheel) on the Showa L2D Tabby
Showa L2D Tabby tail section
Tail section of the Showa L2D Tabby from underneath
Showa L2D Tabby holes in rear, lower fuselage
Two holes in the lower, rear fuselage – these link to two ‘tubes’ in the rear cabin compartment. Flare launchers?

 

Showa L2D Tabby Internal Bulkhead
Rear-most internal bulkhead on the Showa L2D Tabby – showing small access door.
Showa L2D Tabby passenger door
View from the starboard rear, showing side of the fuselage and passenger door. The wings start at the far edge of the photo.
Showa L2D Tabby Rear-wheel
Tail wheel of the Showa L2D Tabby
Showa L2D Tabby Front-cockpit-section
Front cockpit section, very damaged, on the Showa L2D Tabby. View from the starboard side
Showa L2D Tabby Internal-Bulkhead
The second from rear internal bulkhead, separating the cabin into sections.
Showa L2D Tabby frontal view of cockpit and starboard engine
Showa L2D Tabby frontal view of cockpit and starboard engine (what remains, after substantial damage)
Showa L2D Front-underneath-cockpit
Showa L2D – view of the underside, where the wings end and cockpit starts. The cockpit area is smashed apart on the starboard side and twisted around clockwise through 90 degrees.
Showa L2D Tabby engine-section
Section of the Showa L2D Tabby, torn from the aircraft and laying about 20m away on the sea floor
Showa L2D Tabby engine
Detail of the Showa L2D Tabby engine
Showa L2D Tabby Cockpit and Pilot Seat
View of the starboard side of the cockpit, with co-pilot seat laying in the sand.

Any information/advice helping to confirm the identity of this wreck would be most gratefully received.  Further dives will be conducted – hopefully to locate some gauges/serial numbers or other artifacts that might confirm it as Japanese heritage…or even better, identify the exact air-frame.

Technically qualified diver in/visiting the Philippines?  Contact me to arrange a dive and see it for yourself!  (Depth 45m/150ft, conditions are benign… ideal bottom time 30-45 minutes).

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