"B5M1" - by Charles Thompson

The Mitsubishi B5M1, initially described as a Mitsubishi Type 97 No 2 Carrier Attack Bomber, Model 61, B5M1, was put into production as a hedge against problems with its rival Nakajima Type 97 which became the B5Ni – 2 ‘Kate’. The B5M1 lost out to the ‘Kate’ and only 100-odd were built. Originally given the Allied code name ‘Mabel’, later changed to ‘Kate 61. 24” x 36” oil on canvas – the painting was commissioned for presentation to an ex-Japanese Naval kamikaze pilot, who ‘failed his mission and returned’.