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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. This aircraft was the 42nd A6M5 Model 52 Zero built.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to ? Kōkūtai. Tail Code 8-1??. Painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces.

Wartime History
Abandoned or destroyed on the ground at Kara Airfield (Toripoil).

Tail section only 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."

Thanks to Jim Lansdale and Jim Long for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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