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Built by Nakajima, estimated assembly date December 1942. At the factory, painted overall gray with a black cowling with each fuselage Hinomaru outlined with a 75mm white border. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 0 / A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3471.
This aircraft was assigned a Houkoku Gou (Navy Patriotic Presentation Number). Donated by Dai Ni Aoshima Kinshifu-gou (No. 2 Aoshima Fine Thread Cloth Company). Assigned Houkoku Gou 1033 (Patriotic Presentation Number 1033) in black on both sides of the rear fuselage.
Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai (Air Group). No known tail code. The rear fuselage had a red vertical stripe rear of the Houkoku Gou 1033marking. During 1943, this Zero operated from Ballale Airfield until disabled or damaged. Afterwards, the Japanese removed the tail section and likely stripped the aircraft for other usable parts.
This Zero was abandoned at Ballale Airfield. By November 1945, this Zero was photographed by the RNZAF with the engine removed and rear fuselage angled upward. The paint on the upper surfaces of the wing were weathered and the aircraft was partially overgrown with vegetation. Until the late 1960s, this Zero remained in situ on Ballale Island.
The salvaged aircraft were loaded aboard a barge to Port
Moresby then transported to Jackson Airport where they were stored in a pile until the middle of January 1969 when Robert
Diemert negotiated an export deal with the Royal Canadian Air
Force (RCAF) to transport the wreckage aboard a C-130 Hercules and flown across the Pacific to Canada then trucked to Friendship Airfield in Carman.
After the restorations, all that remained of this aircraft was the de-skinned forward fuselage. In 1990, these parts were sold to the Blayd Corporation.
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