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  A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 3946 Tail 8-1??
? Kōkūtai

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Jessie Owens, 2002

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi, estimated date of assembly August 1943. At the factory, painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. This aircraft was the 42nd A6M5 Model 52 Zero built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M5 Model 52 Zero manufacture number 3946.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai. Tail Code 8-1?? (last two digits unknown).

Wartime History
This Zero was abandoned or destroyed on the ground at Kara Airfield (Toripoil) on southern Bougainville. Possibly, destroyed by a nearby bomb blast the caused a nearby crater.

As of 2002, only the tail section remained near a bomb crater.

Jessie Owens adds:
"This plane was heavily overgrown and took me some time to clear it but what a find it is upside down and not more than ten metres from a bomb crater. Apparently the area was used as the parking area away from the airfield the tail number is definitely 8-1."

Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Thanks to Jim Lansdale and Jim Long for additional information.

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Last Updated
October 28, 2018


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