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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero   Tail 03-08
Sumshu Detachment

Former Assignments
203rd Kōkūtai

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Peter Arnold 2003

Aircraft History
Likely built by Nakajima during 1942. This aircraft appears to have been patched together and although an earlier variant of the Zero modified slightly with later model fittings over its career from repairs and cannibalization. Manufacture Number is unknown, but a '08' aircraft code was found on the landing gear leg door. This aircraft was painted with green upper surfaces and gray / green lower surfaces.

Wartime History
Most likely served with the 19 Zero detachment known as the Shumshu Detachment, made up of former aircraft from the 203rd Kōkūtai that had served there, and was withdrawn back to Japan at the end of the war. It was abandoned at Kataoka Airfield on Shumshu Island.

Recovered in 2003 by the Hunt brothers transported to the United Kingdom where it is in storage, awaiting a buyer to recuperate recovery cost. Later sold as a long term restoration project.

Thanks to Peter Arnold, Daniel Hunt and Giuseppe Picarella.

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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