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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number ? Tail 1157
IJN
252 Kōkūtai
or 253 Kōkūtai

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USN August 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Painted overall olive gray with a black cowling. Assigned to either the 252 Kokutai or 253 Kokutai. Tail number believed to be 1157 painted in red or black with a red band on the rear fuselage.

Wartime History
This Zero was abandoned at Munda Airfield.

Wreckage
During early August 1943, captured by the U. S. Army at Munda Airfield. Both the wings were intact but the engine was removed an tail stabilizers missing.

Salvaged with a crane onto a barge and transported from Munda to Guadalcanal. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
AP Photo wartime caption: "JAP PLANE GETS A TOW Using a wrecking car, Yanks take a wrecked Jap plane in tow as they cleared Munda Airfield in the central Solomons after last Jap resistance had been eliminated. Note wreckage of another Jap Plane (left)" released 8/21/43.
Thanks to Ryan Toews and Jim Lansdale for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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