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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Tail V-???
IJN
Tainan Kōkūtai

Pilot  F1c Masao Watanabe (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  May 25, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi or Nakajima. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Tainan Kōkūtai. Tail code V-???. No known markings.

Mission History
On May 25, 1942 one of thirteen A6M2 Zeros that took off from Lae Airfield piloted by F1c Masao Watanabe on a Combat Air Patrol (CAP) and mission to intercept eight B-25s attacking Lae.

During the interception, this Zero was either shot down by defensive fire from one of the B-25s or miscalculated a gunner approach while attacking the B-25 and crashed into the sea off Salamaua. This was the only Zero loss.

References
Kodochosho, Tainan Kōkūtai, June 9, 1942
Eagles of the Southern Sky pages 144, 146, 168-169, 310 (Losses by date), 332 (victories), 352 (index, Lowrey)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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