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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. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M2 Model 21 Zero manufacture number 3471. Assigned Houkoku Number 1033 (patriotic presentation number 1033) donor: Dai Ni Aoshima Kinshifu-gou (No. 2 Aoshima Fine Thread Cloth Company) painted in black. Painted overall gray with a a white 75mm border around the Hinomaru.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai with a red fuselage stripe rear of the Houkoku Number. This Zero was abandoned at Ballale Airfield on Ballale Island with the tail section removed by the Japanese.

Wartime History
This Zero remained in situ until the late 1960s on Ballale Island.

Recovery
During the late 1960s, the fuselage section was removed 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
Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
A Brief History of the Blayd Zero and Its Markings by Ryan Toews June 15, 2014 page 1
"The recovered Zero artifacts bore the serial numbers... 3471..., all of which were Nakajima-built A6M2 21s."
Yokoi Houkoku List
Thanks to Jim Long and Ryan Toews for additional information

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October 16, 2018

 

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