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  A6M3 Model 22 Zero   
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? Kōkūtai

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Stephen Turner 1985

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via PNG Museum 1985

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Josh McDade 1999

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Justin Taylan 2005

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. No known markings or tail code.

Wartime History
This Zero operated from Kara Airfield (Toripoil) on Bougainville. Disabled or abandoned at the airfield.

Wreckage
Until 1984, this Zero remained in situ at the airfield.

Restoration
During 1984, this aircraft was salvaged and transported to Toberoi Plantation near Kieta. Restored by the Kieta Lions Club including volunteers Stephen Turner and Bob Strong at Toberoi Plantation as a project of the Kieta Lions Club. Painted with a black cowl and red spinner with a blue fuselage stripe and a red tail strip and the tail number 3-112. After restoration, it was welded onto steel beams and installed at the Kieta Memorial Park and dedicated in 1985.

Stephen Turner adds:
"The restoration of our Zero was done at Bob Strong's Toberoi Plantation south of Aropa Airfield [Kieta Airfield]. Bob Strong & I were members of the Kieta Lions Club and took on this project, to restore the Zero. We sought donations from the local businesses in the Kieta Arawa area to pay wages & materials. The Zero parts were plentiful on Bougainville around Buin Airstrip [Kara Airfield]. The finish of the Zero was done to the limited research we could do at the time in 1984 on Bougainville."

Josh McDade reported in 1999:
"The plane is upon a large metal pylon approx. five to six meters up. This plane was obviously badly damaged during the war. Many spots of damage can be seen across the plane. The plane has clearly been welded together for display. Currently, the tail has fallen off and is lying on the ground in front."

Justin Taylan visited in 2005:
"The tail was re-attached and cleaned when I saw it in 2005."

Ryan Toews adds:
"This Zero is an A6M3 Model 22 for the most part. The 3-112 tail markings are taken from markings used by the Japanese Navy n China during 1940."

References
Thanks to Steve Turner and Ryan Toews for additional information.

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Last Updated
June 28, 2017

 

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