Built by Mitsubishi. Estimated date of assembly August 1943. This aircraft was the 42nd A6M5 Model 52 Zero built.
Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to ? Kōkūtai. Tail Code 8-1??. Painted with green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces.
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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January 31, 2018