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  A6M3 Model 22 Zero Manufacture Number 3869  
IJN
? Kōkūtai

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Fenstermaker 1991

Wartime History
Built by Mitsubishi, estimated date of assembly July 1943. Assigned to ? Kokutai.

Wartime History
The horizontal tail stabilizers from this Zero were attached to A6M2 Zero Tail 33 abandoned at Babo Airfield.

Wreckage
Remained at Babo Airfield 'in situ' until 1991. Salvaged by Bruce Fenstermaker with A6M2 Zero Tail 33. Containered and shipped to the United States.

An A6M3 Zero 3869 (Reproduction) built in Russia was assigned the identity of this Zero. It is unclear if parts of this real Zero were used in the restoration, or it was simply selected as an identity.

References
Thanks to Jim Long, James Lansdale, Ryan Toews and Bruce Fenstermaker for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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