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  A6M2-N Rufe Manufacture Number 7134  
IJN
? Kōkūtai

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circa August 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Painted with dark green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Assigned to the 452nd Kokutai. Tail Code ?, possibly M-?? (two digits).

Wartime History
On February 21, 1943 at Yokosuka loaded onto the Kimikawa Maru. Transported with convoy I-21 via Paramushuiro to Kiska. On March 10, 1943 unloaded at Kiska Harbor. Operated from the Kiska Harbor Seaplane Base with the 452nd Kokutai until disabled or damaged.

Wreckage
Abandoned at the southern end of Holtz Bay on Attu Island upside down with the center float missing.

Captured by the US Army "northern force" that landed at Holtz Bay on May 11, 1943. American intelligence noted the manufacture number and photographed the wreckage. Pieces were removed by Americans as souvenirs.

References
Thanks to Jim Lansdale for additional information
A6M2-N Rufe deliveries in the Aleutians from Allied Intelligence Records

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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