Japan : H6K4

A quad-engined all-metal parasol-wing monoplane flying boat. The plane was approved by the Imperial Japanese Navy as Type 97 Large Flying Boat in 1937. The most common variant was model 22 (H6K4), created in 1940.

The H6K flying boat's first combat action was a raid on Wake Island on December 11, 1941. The plane was widely used in the Pacific theater during the first part of the war. The H6K ran long-range reconnaissance missions, convoy escort duty, submarine searches, bombing missions, and search and rescue operations. The plane was in operation until the Japanese surrender in 1945.
127 H6K4s were built, out of a total of 217 H6Ks.

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