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  A6M2-N Rufe Manufacture Number 739  
? Kōkūtai

Aircraft History
Nakajima built June 1942 (estimated). Assigned to ? Kokutai.

Wartime History
Operated from Rekata Bay Seaplane Base.

Abandoned or crashed on August 12, 1943 at Rekata Bay. Later, it was evaluated by American intelligence and possibly recovered.

Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report (CEAR) No. 17 dated February 15, 1944
Thanks to Jim Long and Richard Dunn for additional information.
Japanese Aircraft Makers' Plates and Markings Report No. 68 "Life of Japanese Combat Airplanes," March 20 1945 lists two Rufe aircraft: 821 and 739 (this aircraft). The data from this report are as follows:
RUFE Serial No. 739
Date of Assembly: Jun 42 [estimate]
Date of Crash: 12 Aug 43
Life in Months: 13 1/2

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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