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? Kōkūtai

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1945
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Aircraft History
Reportedly built by Nakajima during 1944. Assigned to ? Kokutai.

Wartime History
Wartime service unknown.

Captured at the end of the Pacific War. ATAIU-SEA markings were applied by the RAF in Malaysia. This Zero, along with other captured Japanese aircraft ended up at Tebrau Airfield. Then transported by ship to the United Kingdom, arriving in 1947.

Wreckage
Stored by the RAF until 1961, it was then transfered to the Imperial War Musuem for display. All that remains today is the center fuselage section and wing center section, with the landing gear partially deployed. The rest of the aircraft was lost or scrapped. Its Sakae 21 engine reportedly from this Zero is displayed seporately at the Aerospace Museum at Cosford.

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January 31, 2018

 

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