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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 3471  
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RNZAF 1945
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Landon Hall 1969
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Barry Flood1969
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John Loughman 1969
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Ryan Toews 1990

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, estimated assembly date December 1942 with a white band around the Hinomaru and painted overall gray color. Assigned Houkoku Number 1033 (patriotic presentation number) donor: "Dai Ni Aoshima Kinshifu-gou" (No. 2 Aoshima Fine Thread Cloth Company). Red fuselage stripe on the rear fuselage behind the Houkoku Number.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Ballale Airfield with the tail section removed by the Japanese.

Wreckage
The wreck remained 'in situ' until the late 1960s.

Recovery
During the late 1960s, the fuselage section (cockpit and rear portion of tail) was recovered to Kangu. It is unclear who moved this wreck, likely expatriates living on Bougainville. During 1968, Robert Diemert recovered this aircraft along with several other aircraft including A6M2 Houkoku 1045 and a D3A2 Val 3178, in addition to other Zero parts.

The aircraft were transported by barge to Port Moresby where they were stored for a month outdoors at Jackson Airport. They were left in a pile until the middle of January 1969 when Robert Diemert setup an export deal with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to transport the wreckage aboard a Hercules to Canada.

Restoration
This Zero was used by Robert Diemert for restoration, two of which would be restored to flying status.

In 1990, the de-skinned forward fuselage was all that remained of this aircraft after Diemert's restoration work. Sold to the Blayd Corporation (John & Earl Calverley) during 1990. Only the right machine gun cover is still in the Blayd collection.

References
Thanks to Jim Long and Ryan Toews for additional information
Yokoi Houkoku List

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January 31, 2018

 

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