Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
 
  A6M2 Model 21 Zero    
IJN
? Kōkūtai

Click For Enlargment
Dick Williams 1971
Click For Enlargment
Click For Enlargment
Stan Gajda 2001
Click For Enlargment

Click For Enlargment
Stan Gajda 2002

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number unknown. The number "3785" has been located on the wreckage, but this is not a Mitsubishi or Nakajima manufacture number.

Stan Gajda reports:
"This Zero is an A6M2 because the engine has the early-type short reduction case, the -3s had a long case, different mark/model engine probably more horsepower. (No anti-vibration counterweights or extended crankcase/reduction gear). I really would like to ID this Zero, this one is missing all the obvious id plates, no stenciling is visible and the fin has weathered badly."

Wartime History
This Zero crashed near Nan Pohn Mal Airfield near Kolonia (Colonia) on Pohnpei Island (Ponape). It was shot down just after take off by F4U Corsairs escorting B-25 Mitchells on a bombing mission from Eniwetok.

Wreckage
This Zero crash site remained in situ until 2001. During 2001, Stan Gajda negotiated with the landowner to purchase the wreckage to prevent it from being scrapped and placed it into storage.

Stan Gajda reports:
"The other Zero that impacted into a hill just across the channel from my place is the same, I have the smashed engine from this also plus a few small fragments. The airframe was cleared long ago and nobody seems to know what happened to it. I hear rumors of another wreck in the bush along one of the rivers not that far from town but nobody seems to know anything specific of this one either. Same as a wreck on a hill-top on the south side of the island but I suspect locals are confusing the Corsair crash site with a Zero."

References
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Dick Williams for additional information and photographs.

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

Tech Info
Zero

Photos
Photo Archive

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram