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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 likely during the middle of 1942. At the factory, painted overall gray with a black cowling. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 0 / A6M2 Model 21 Zero manufacture number ??41 (first two digits unknown). Likely, manufacture number 2641. Assigned Houkoku Dai 529 (Patriotic Presentation Number 529) donated by Yoshihide Shibuya.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Tainan Kōkūtai. Tail code V-1?? (last two digits unknown). This aircraft had a double red diagonal stripes on the rear fuselage indicating assignment to Hikotaicho (leader of a Hikotai, usually a pilot with the rank of Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander).

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
During late 1942 or early 1943, this Zero crashed in New Guinea. Possibly, this Zero was lost on August 27, 1942 after take off from Buna Airfield on a mission over Milne Bay.

Wreckage
The crash site of this Zero remained in situ 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 ??41 and "GO" for number.

References
Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Yokoi Houkoku List
Thanks to Minoru Kawamoto, Jim Lansdale, Ryan Toews for additional information

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Last Updated
October 28, 2018

 

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