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

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USAAF 1943

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Richard E. Smith 1943

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USAAF c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi on May 30, 1942. Houkoku Gou 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
Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Yokoi Houkoku List - Houkoku Number 550
Thanks to Jim Long for additional information.

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December 2, 2018

 

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