Many Japanese aircraft were disabled on the ground at Munda from American bombing. When they airfield was captured on August 15, 1943, these wrecks came into the possession of the Americans.

The following Japanese aircraft were surveyed at Munda in August 1943 by US Army Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU): 1 x Ki-48, 4 x D3A Val, 14 x A6M Zeros 4 x Ki-43. Some of the wrecks were loaded onto barge and transported to Lunga Point on Guadalcanal.

The remaining wrecks deemed too difficult to repair or otherwise useless were buried at Munda, to repair bomb craters as land fill material. Photographic evidence shows the presence of some of these Japanese wrecks into late 1943 and early 1944.

**References**

Thanks to Ryan Toews, Jim Long and Jim Lansdale and Richard Dunn for additional informatin

A6M2 Model 21 *Zero *Manufacture Number 2182

Nakajima built.

A6M2 Model 21 *Zero *Manufacture Number 1301

Nakajima built.

A6M2 Model 21 *Zero *Manufacture Number 1302

Nakajima built.

A6M2 Model 21 *Zero *Manufacture Number 8327

Nakajima built.

A6M2 Model 21 *Zero *Manufacture Number 2389

Nakajima built.

A6M2 Model 21 *Zero *Manufacture Number 5352

Nakajima built.

A6M3 Model 22 *Zero *Manufacture Number 3415

This aircraft was either A6M3 Zero Tail T2-175 or A6M3 Tail T2-1??

A6M3 Model 22 *Zero *Manufacture Number 3499

This aircraftt was either A6M3 Zero Tail T2-175

**A6M3 Model 32 ***Zero *Manufacture Number 3116

This aircraft was possibly A6M3 Tail Code T2-157

**A6M3 Model 32 ***Zero *Manufacture Number 3189

This aircraft was possibly A6M3 Tail Code T2-157

**A6M3 Model 32 ***Zero *Manufacture Number 3196

**A6M3 Model 32 ***Zero *Manufacture Number 3199

**A6M3 Model 32 ***Zero *Manufacture Number 3202

**A6M3 Model 32 ***Zero *Manufacture Number 3263

**Ki-43-I ***Oscar* Manufacture Number 493

**Ki-43-I ***Oscar* 685

**Ki-43-I ***Oscar* 695

**Ki-43-I ***Oscar* 725

**Ki-48-I ***Lily* Manufacture Number 534

This aircraft was possibly Ki-48 (square hinomaru) or Ki-48 (white stripe)

Ki-48-I *Lily* Manufacture Number 205

Ki-48-I *Lily* Manufacture Number 387

Ki-48-I *Lily* Manufacture Number 442

Ki-48-I *Lily* Manufacture Number 479

Ki-48 *Lily* Tail Number TB 2325

Ki-48 *Lily* Tail Number TB 2326

**D3A1 ***Val* Manufacture Number 3470 Tail T3-261

**D3A2 ***Val* Manufacture Number 3029 Tail T2-222

**D3A2 ***Val* Manufacture Number 3106 Tail T3-260

**D3A2 ***Val* Manufacture Number 3263

G4M1 Model 11 *Betty* 5749 Tail 336

Force landed June 30, 1943

Munda Airfield captured Japanese aircraft photo archive

**Japanese aircraft wreckage pile circa August 1943**