Mavis vs B-17
Publisher: Sunny Chow
Date: 2015-05-30T21:47:04+08:00

B17 vs Mavis I just came across this interesting story of a Mavis Japanese flying boat dogfighting with a B-17 Flying Fortress. The incident happened over the Solomon Islands onNovember 21, 1942. Two B-17s spotted the lone Mavis 150 miles south of Guadalcanal. The aviation art depicting the action isfrom a cover of a book written by Lt. Cdr Hitsuji. The artist isYoshiyuki Takani. The bow gunner peering behind P. O.Kenzo Takahashi.He is indicating to the pilots of the Mavis to manoevre into abetter position forthe tail gunner to firehis 20mm gun at the chasing Flying Fort. The Mavis was holed by 50 bullets, and two crewmen were seriously wounded but she returned home to her base safely. Source of story: Mr Minoru Kamada Postscript: [caption id="attachment_5413" align="alignleft" width="300"]Kenzo Takahashi with Ron Werneth 2002 Photo source: Ron Werneth @[/caption] Kenzo Takahashi was a navigator on both the Imperial Japanese Navy'sKawanishi H8K1 Emily and Mavis flying boats.He survived heavy combat sorties including Dutch Harbor and the Solomons.