4461 was the identity applied to the first Zero restored by Robert
Diemert recovered wreckage. This number is from a component dataplate likely found in the wreckage, not a Mitsubishi or Nakajima manufacture number.
Abandoned at Ballale Airfield or Kahili Airfield.
Remained in situ until 1968.
Salvaged by Robert
Diemert and transported aboard a barge to Port Moresby. Stored outdoors at Jackson Airport until the middle of January 1969 when flown to Canada aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) C-130 Hercules to Canada, then to Diemert's property at Carman, Manitoba Province.
This was the first Zero Diemert began restoring. It flew once during the
1970s but crashed in 1973 on a test flight when the landing gear failed.
After rebuilding, parts were incorporated into A6M2
Thanks to Ryan Toews
for additional information
Control Column Vol 11 No 5 (July 1977) "Mitsubishi Move"
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January 31, 2018