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).