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  A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3028 Tail V-187
Tainan Kōkūtai

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U. S. Army Dec 1942
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U. S. Army January 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi on June 28, 1942. Houkoku Dai 870 (Patriotic presentation number 870), indicating the aircraft was donated by a civilian volunteer group in Japan. Painted overall gray with a black cowling at the factory. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Navy Type 0 carrier fighter / A6M3 Model 32 Zero manufacture number 3028.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Tainan Kōkūtai. Tail number V-187 painted in black on the both sides of the tail. A diagonal yellow strip was painted rear of the fuselage Hinomaru.

Wartime History
Its tail section was damaged by the concussion of an exploding bomb nearby.

On December 27, 1942 this Zero was captured at Buna Airfield (Old Strip) during the Battle of Buna. Afterwards, the aircraft was heavily picked over by Allied soldiers who cut out many pieces from the fuselage and tail as souvenirs.

Afterwards, U. S. Army intelligence removed the engine moved it to the coast where it was loaded onto a barge and shipped Brisbane then transported to Eagle Farm Airfield. This Zero was used the rebuilding of A6M3 Hamp (Hybrid) from several of the wrecks from Buna and evaluated.

The ultimate fate of the remainder of this Zero is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Kodochosho, Tainan Kōkūtai, August 14, 1942–September 1942
Famous Aircraft of the World (FAOW) No. 56 page 25
J-Aircraft: The Saga of Hamp [V-187] January 9, 2009
J-Aircraft Buna Hamp [V-187 Update: Yet Another Relic Has Been Found! by Jim Lansdale February 7, 2010
Thanks to Jim Lansdale and Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
October 28, 2018


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