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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number ???? Tail D1-158

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima. Serial number unknown. From serial numbers and dates found on several subcontractor dataplates, it was most likely built sometime after the middle of August 1942 with a manufacture number estimated to be around 6249. The tail number was D1-158 with a 6" red stripe above the tail code, indicating Hiyō. No stripe marking given for the fusealge, but likely one yellow stripe.

Ryan Toews adds:
"The prefix DI is more commonly associated with the Ryūjō, but the fleet reorganization of July 14, 1942 assigned this prefix to the Hiyō along with a single yellow fuselage band. No mention was made of the fuselage band in the CEAR, but as the fuselage serial number stencil is also unrecorded it can be presumed that the rear fuselage had been destroyed on the crash. These markings were subsequently ordered to be changed again as of November 1, 1942."

Wartime History
This Zero crashed near Nugu Point near Verahue. On April 22, 1943 investigated by American forces. The plane had several bullet strikes and the pilot was killed in the crash.

Crashed Enemy Air Craft Reports (CEAR) CEAR No. 5, April 22, 1943: Nakajima Type 0 Carrier Fighter, Model 21
Thanks to Ryan Toews for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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