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  A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3035 Tail 2-181
IJN
2nd Kōkūtai

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U. S. Army 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi on July 6, 1942. Houkoku Number 877 (Presentation Number) donated by the Hamunamu marine company (Korean fisheries company). Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). This Zero was painted overall gray.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 2nd Kōkūtai, later redesignated 582nd Kōkūtai. Tail code 2-181. The rear fuselage had a red double chevron. This Zero operated from Lae Airfield and was later abandoned largely intact.

Wreckage
On September 16, 1943 this aircraft was among the Japanese aircraft captured at Lae Airfield. One of seven A6M3 Model 32 Zeros noted 'pro forma' by Allied Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU). No markings were noted.

This Zero was extensively photographed by Allied personnel. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Reference
CEAR (Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report) No.17
This document notes a total of at least 80 wrecks, including: 7 A6M3
Yokoi Houkoku List - Houkoku Number 877
Thanks to Yoji Sakaida and Jim Long for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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