Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya, estimated date of assembly October 1943. Parts from A6M5 Zero 4241 were used in the main body
of the aircraft, revealing the frantic pace of production. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).
This Zero operated from Rabaul.
This Zero was abandoned at an airfield near Rabaul.
During 1974, the main wing and forward fuselage center section was recovered from Rabaul and imported to Light Aviation Co., Ltd, Japan. This Zero was purchased by Nobuo
Harada, along with other Zero parts.
This Zero was restored by Nobuo
Harada. Parts from other
Zeros wrecks from Colonia Airfield on Yap were used to restore this aircraft to static
display. The project took a total of twenty years: from recovery in 1980 until completion in 2000. Restored in the markings of A6M5 Zero of the 281 Kōkūtai with tail code 81-161.
After restoration, displayed at the Kawaguchiko
Car Museum until 2002. Harada donated the aircraft
Jinja Yushukan (Yasukuni Shrine) Museum in Tokyo.
One of this Zero's former pilots served as an attache to the
Japanese Embassy in Washington DC.
Note: Other sources list the manufacture number of this aircraft as either 4240 or 4241 which were aircraft whose parts were used in this restoration.
Thanks to Yukitoshi for additional information
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January 31, 2018