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  A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 5622  
IJN
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1945

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 0 / A6M5 Model 52 Zero manufacture number 5622. Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai (Air Group). No known markings.

Wartime History
At the end of the Pacific War, this Zero was based at Halmahera. On September 9, 1945, this Zero and several G4M1 Betty bombers with the Japanese surrender delegation took off from Halmahera and landed at Moratai.

After landing at Moratai, this Zero was surrendered to the Allies. Afterwards, inspected by engineers from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 79 Squadron and repainted with RAAF roundel markings and stripped to a bare aluminum finish. Ultimate fate unknown, likely abandoned or scrapped at Moratai.

References
Thanks to Robert Rocker, Peter Flahavin and Ryan Toews for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 29, 2019

 

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