Built by Nakajima, estimated date of assembly September 1943.
Abandoned at Taroa Airfield.
Recovered by John
Sterling, in the 1990s. After a year of negotiation,
including sleeping in the jungle for nearly 3 months to perform the recovery
of four Zeros: this aircraft plus A6M3 Zero 3148, A6M3 Zero 3685 and A6M3
Zero 3318 that were disassembled, crated and shipped
back to his home in Boise, Idaho in May 1991. He focused his efforts
on restoring A6M3 3318 and using parts from the others to support this
Later sold to the Evergreen Air Museum in Oregon. Currently
the rear tail section is owned by Vintage Aircraft
Ltd. This airframe is being used as the basis of the restoration,
with parts from A6M3 3318.
Thanks to Bill Bartsch and Ryan Towes for information. Asahi Journal Vol
1 No 2 has an interview with John Sterling.
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January 31, 2018