Mitsubishi G3M

The Mitsubishi G3M (Imperial Japanese Navy designation: Type 96 land-based attack aircraft; Allied reporting name: Nell) was a bomber aircraft in service throughout World War II. 

Mitsubishi G3M
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1935
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Japan 1937 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation 1048 View

The G3M first saw combat on the Chinese mainland in what became known as the Second Sino-Japanese War. During World War II, the G3M became well known for being among the Japanese aircraft taking part of the sinking of British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse on 10 December 1941. From 1943, the majority of G3M Nells served as glider tugs, aircrew and paratroop trainers and for transporting personnel. until the end of the war.

Role Medium bomber
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Designer Kiro Honjo
First flight July 1935
Introduction 1935
Retired 1945
Primary user Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service
Number built 1048


General characteristics

  • Crew: 7
  • Length: 16.45 m (53 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 25 m (82 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 3.68 m (12 ft in)
  • Wing area: 75 m (807 ft)
  • Empty weight: 4,965 kg (10,923 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 8,000 kg (17,600 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Mitsubishi Kinsei 45 radial engine, 1,075 hp (791 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 375 km/h (203 knots, 233 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 280 km/h (151 knots, 174 mph)
  • Range: 4,400 km (2,730 mi)
  • Service ceiling 9,200 m (30,200 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6 m/s (1180 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns
    • 1 x Type 99 20mm cannon in rear dorsal turret
    • 4 x Type 92 7.7 mm machine gun in cockpit, left and right side positions, and in retractable forward dorsal turret.
  • Bombs
    • 800 kg of bombs or 1 torpedo

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