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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number ???? Houkoku Number 1045
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Barry Flood 1969

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. At the factory, painted with a 75mm white border around the fuselage Hinomaru. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M2 Model 21 Zero manufacture number unknown (four digits). Possibly this aircraft was A6M2 Zero 5355.

Assigned Houkoku Gou 1045 (Patriotic presentation number 1045) on the right side of the fuselage painted in black. Donated by "inside outside printing company' (international printing company, or domestic and foreign printing).

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. This Zero was abandoned at Ballale Airfield on Ballale Island.

This Zero remained in situ until 1968.

In late 1968, this Zero was salvaged by Robert Diemert cut into components and removed along with A6M2 Zero 3471 and D3A2 Val 3178 in addition to other Zero parts.

The aircraft was transported by barge to Port Moresby where they were stored for a month outdoors at Jackson Airport. They were left in a pile until the middle of January 1969 when Robert Diemert setup an export deal with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to transport the wreckage aboard a Hercules to Canada.

Ryan Toews adds:
"It has also been posited that the rear fuselage with the HKK number 1045 may be linked with A6M2 5459. While it may be possible that the front and rear fuselage sections identified by the HKK number 1053 may have come from A6M2 4362 the high HKK number seems to argue against that being the case. Although it is known that HKK number sequencing did not necessarily follow the sequential serial numbers it could be argued that the discrepancy in the comparative numbers is too great. If, and this is the last in a long line of ifs, the preceding is correct, the data plate marked 4362 may have come from the front fuselage section identified with the NMNA Zero.

Yokoi Houkoku List - Houkoku Gou 1045
Gakken No. 33 claims that A6M2 5450 carried Houkoku Number 1045
Thanks to Ryan Toews, Jim Long and Alan Gaynor for additional information

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December 4, 2018


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