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  A6M2 Model 21  Zero Manufacture Number ??41 Tail Number V-1??
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Tainan Kōkūtai

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Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Manufacture Number ??41, likely 2641. Houkoku Number 529 (patriotic presentation number) donated by Yoshihide Shibuya. This aircraft appeared to have a double red forward slanted lines behind the cockpit indicating a Tainan Kōkūtai Hikotaicho.

Minoru Kawamoto adds:
"Yoshihide Shibuya, whose identity is unknown but who must have been as resourceful as to have donated additionally Houkoku 1182 and No. 4 Jyun-ei aircraft of unknown types."

Wartime History
Crashed during the war, location and circumstances unknown. Possibly, August 27, 1942 took off from Buna Airfield on a mission over over Milne Bay.

Wreckage
Wreckage of this aircraft exists in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. On the lower portion of the right stabilizer is manufacture number ??41. The tail stencil: reads: 'MITSU BISHI ??41 GO'. The first two Kanji are the the symbols for Mitsubishi, the manufacture number, and "GO" for number.

References
Thanks to Minoru Kawamoto, Jim Lansdale, Ryan Toews for additional information
Yokoi Houkoku List

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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