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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 5779 Tail V-171
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Tainan Kōkūtai

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1943 via Lansdale
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Richard E. Smith 1943
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c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi on May 30, 1942. Houkoku Number 550 (Patriotic Presentation number). Donor was Rengou Shiki Gou. Rengou is alliance Shiki is container of molded paper: cardboard box, packing case, paper cup or plate.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai with tail V-171. Panted in overall gray with a red diagonal fuselage stripe. Abandoned at Lae Airfield.

Wreckage
Captured by the Allies on September 16, 1943 and examined by intelligence. Later, it was discarded into a dump area, pushed against the wreckage of a G4M1 Betty.

References
Yokoi Houkoku List
Thanks to Jim Long for additional information.

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January 31, 2018

 

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