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

Pilot  Ensign Satoshi Yoshino (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  June 9, 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 June 9, 1942 took off from Lae Airfield piloted by Ensign Satoshi Yoshino on a mission to intercept bombers attacking Lae. The Zeros chased B-26 Marauders from the 22nd Bombardment Group from an altitude of 100' down the north coast of New Guinea. Over Cape Ward Hunt, intercepted by Airacobras from the 39th Fighter Squadron that dove down from a higher altitude.

P-400 pilot Lt. Curran 'Jack' Jones made a head on pass against this Zero. After scoring hits, he observed the pilot to climb out onto the wing and look back before the Zero crashed into the sea. He also observed a diagonal stripe on the Zero, indicating a leader's aircraft.

When this Zero failed to return from the mission it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

References
Kodochosho, Tainan Kōkūtai, June 9, 1942
Nihon Kaigun Sentokitai by Hata and Izawa
Revenge of the Red Raiders page 105 - 107
P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2 page 13

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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