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  A6M3 Model 22 Zero Manufacture Number 3618 Tail -133
IJN
? Kōkūtai

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1970s via Japanese Mag

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi, estimated date of assembly April 1943. Assigned to ? Kokutai with tail code ?-133.

Wartime History
Operated from Buin Airfield (Kahili Airfield). Disabled or abandoned at the airfield.

Wreckage
Until the 1970s, this Zero remained in situ.

Recovery
During 1969, loaded onto a barge and shipped to Port Moresby. This aircraft and other salvaged aircraft were stored at Jackson Airport before being exported to Australia during 1976.

Restoration
Components from this Zero were used in the restoration of A6M2 Zero 5784 by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for Australian War Memorial (AWM).

Storage
Afterwards, this Zero was sold or traded to Kermit Weeks / Fantasy Of Flight Museum and placed into storage. Since then, no information is known about this Zero.

References
Charles Darby noted this aircraft as 3618 with tail number -133
Zero-sen yo yomigaere lists this Zero as owned by Kermit Weeks
FlyPast March 19?? "Three... Two... One... Zero" by Colin Owess page 16-17
Reports 3618 was given to AWM by Nimitz Museum, that recovered two Zeros from Kahili in the early 1970s. The other Zero ended up in Edward Maloney's Planes of Fame Museum.
Thanks to Ryan Toews for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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