Due to the ease at which the G4Ms blew up, American pilots nicknamed them the "flying cigarette lighter."
1st, 4th, 702nd, 705th, 706th, 721st, 722nd, 751st, 752nd, 753rd, 755th, 761st, 762nd, 763rd, 765th, 951st, 1021st, Chitose, Genzan, Kanoya, Kisarazu, Misawa, Takao, Yokosuka Kokutais.
The Mitsubishi G4Ms became operational in 1940. The first G4M1 prototype was delivered to the Yokosuka Experimental Air Corps for trials in January 1940. The second was delivered in March 1940.
The Yokosuka Experimental Air Corps recommended that the G4Ms be equiped with more armament and used as escorts for the G3Ms then in use in China.
The first G4M1s were deployed in China in mid-1941. Their first mission was to attack Chungking.
During the first year of World War II the G4M was able to have success against the Allies. But soon it was outmatched by the Allied fighters coming to the front lines.
Prince of Wales and Repulse Sunk
Mitsubishi G4Ms helped in the destruction of the British HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse on December 10, 1941.
On February 19, 1942, G4M1s attacked Darwin, Australia for the first time.
The End of Admiral Yamamoto
The mastermind behind the early success in World War II of the Japanese was shot down by P-38s while being flown in a Mitsubishi G4M / G4M1 on April 18, 1943.
G4Ms with Ohka
The very first mission, March 21, 1945, of the G4M2e with Ohkas attached ended with all sixteen planes being shot down before the Ohkas were released.
The G4Ms were used at the end of the war to carry the surrender delegation to Io Shima on August 19, 1945.