Built by Nakajima as a A6M2 Model 21 Zero manufacture number unknown, possibly A6M2 Zero 5355. Donated by "inside outside printing company' (international
printing company, or domestic and foreign printing). Assigned Houkoku Number 1045 (patriotic presentation number) on the right
side of the fuselage. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai.
Abandoned at Ballale
Until 1968, remained in situ. During late 1968, this Zero was salvaged by Robert
Diemert cut into components and removed along with A6M2 Zero 3471 and D3A2 Val 3178 in addtion to other
The aircraft were 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.
Thanks to Ryan Toews, Jim Long and Alan Gaynor for additional information.
Gakken No. 33 claims that A6M2 5450 carried Houkoku Number 1045.
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January 31, 2018