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  A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3028 Tail V-187
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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 Number 870 (presentation number), indicating the aircraft was donated by a civilian volunteer group in Japan. Assigned to the Tainan Kōkūtai with tail number V-187 painted in black on the tail. A diagonal yellow strip was behind the Hinomaru.

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

Wreckage
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.

References
FAOW No. 56, page 25
J-Aircraft: The Saga of Hamp [V-187]
J-Aircraft Buna Hamp [V-187 Update: Yet Another Relic Has Been Found! by Jim Lansdale
Thanks to Jim Lansdale and Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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