|Pilot Petty Officer Second Class Taka-aki
Force Landed November 26, 1941
Built by Mitsubishi. Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai. Tail code V-174.
Took off predawn on a ferry flight from Tainan Airfield for Saigon, with a refueling stop at Hainan Island. Two Zero became separated and lost due to bad weather, this aircraft and A6M2 Zero 3372. Over the coast near Qian Shan on the southeastern coast of Leichou Panto, both pilots force landed on the beach. Inoue was successful, but Shimohigashi’s Zero fighter was extensively damaged during the beach landing.
This more badly damaged Zero was crudely hacked into sections and removed from the beach, along with the other Zero the force landed. Transported over several months to the inland city of Liuchow. Parts were possibly used in the repair of the other Zero.
War Prize: The Capture Of The First Japanese Zero Fighter In 1941 by Jim Lansdale
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January 5, 2018