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John Sterling
Recovery of A6M3 Zeros from Taroa

Click For EnlargementRecovered by John Sterling, in the 1990s. After a year of negotiation, including sleeping in the jungle for nearly 3 months to perform the recovery of several Zeros that were disassembled, crated and shipped to his home in Boise Idaho in May 1991.  He focused his efforts on restoring A6M3 3318 and using parts from the others to support this single project.

Recovered Aircraft

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3318
Recovered by John Sterling, currently under restoration at Vintage Aircraft Ltd

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3148
Recovered by John Sterling, currently being used in restoration of A6M3 3318

A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3685 Tail Y2-176
Recovered by John Sterling, later sold to Imperial War Museum

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 31574
Recovered by John Sterling, currently being used in restoration of A6M3 3318

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Tail S-152
Recovered by John Sterling, two side skins from the vertical fin of an unidentified

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