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Japanese Tabby-Showa/Nakajima L2D-License-built version of Douglas DC-3-Crash Site on Yap Island
We were told about a Japanese cargo plane in the jungle near the old airport by our guide, Theo. Since this wreck is easy to locate off a road near the old airport I'm assuming it has been visited by a number of people over the years. The wreck site was well known by the hotel staff and local villagers.
The Japanese Tabby, Showa/Nakajima L2D, was a Navy land-based twin-engined transport that was a license-built version of Douglas DC-3. (21-passenger) The Japanese had signed a licensing agreement with the Douglas company in February 1938 to build domestic versions of the DC-3, which they called the L2D or simply "Tabby." At the time, the Douglas company was unaware that the Japanese navy intended to use the Tabby as military transport aircraft.
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