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  A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3018 Tail V-177
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Tainan Kōkūtai

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U. S. Army Dec 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi on June 15, 1942. Houkoku Number 869 (presentation number), indicating the aircraft was donated by a civilian volunteer group in Japan. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai. Tail code V-177 with a diagonal blue band on the fuselage.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Buna Airfield (Old Strip) upside down with its gear extended, likely due to a landing accident. Captured by the U. S. Army during late December 1942.

References
Yokoi Houkoku List
Thanks to Jim Long for assembly date

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January 9, 2018

 

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