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  A6M2 Model 21  Zero Manufacture Number 7434  
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? Kōkūtai

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Justin Taylan 2007

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, estimated date of assembly November 1942. The fuselage hinomaru has a 75mm white border.

Wartime History
Abandoned on Ballale Airfield.

Wreckage
Center section only, with fuselage tail section present to station 11. The tail section is unbolted and removed, likely by Robert Diemert in 1968.

Ryan Toews adds:
"Diemert sometimes only removed the very back section of the fuselage to get the tail section. As far as I can tell the white band is centred on Station 11. Now look at the photo of stencil 7434. Nakajima would usually paint this ID stencil between stations 11 and 12. And in the photo something white has been painted on the front section of the fuselage that wraps around the stencil. I am confident that this is the white band seen on this plane. It was common when such a band was painted on the fuselage that the ID stencil was not covered. "

Salvage
Moved from the island to the beach area by Australian Craig Turner / Solomon National Museum Project in December 2005, where it remained due to a dispute with locals.

Turner returned on November 6, 2007 with Gary Spoors / GJD Services Ltd. This aircraft was likely salvaged with other aircraft from the island on November 8, 2007 aboard the barge MV Tina. The salvaged aircraft were transported to Honiara, where they were shipped overseas, presumably to Australia or the United Kingdom.

References
Thanks to Ryan Toews for A6M2 model 21 details
OneNews "Shortland & Ballalae Aircraft Salvage" November 20, 2007
GJD Services - Solomon's (accessed via WaybackMachine.org) circa February 2008

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January 31, 2018

 

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