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

Pilot  PO2/c Yoshimo Sakai (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  April 17, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima, manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai. Tail number V-1??.

Mission History
Took off from Rabaul on a mission to attack Port Moresby. On the way to the target over Owen Stanley Mountains, PO2/c Sakai lowered his altitude staggeringly and fell into the jungle after the Zero formation crossed the spine of the Owen Stanley Range, on the south side of the spine. Possibly, this loss was due to an oxygen failure.

References
Thanks to Tatsuo Kamino for additional information
Winged Samurai "Tainan Kōkūtai Pilot Casualties" page 88

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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