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  A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 92717  
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Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, estimated date of assembly April 1944. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 0 Carrier Fighter Reisen / A6M2 Model 21 Zero manufacture number 92717.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kokutai (Air Group). Possibly, this Zero had tail code 311-190.

Yukitoshi Yamashita adds:
"311-xxx has the high possibility of Taihō's loading aircraft. However, Taihō of those days is told that the Zero fighters was not carried. About the unit, it is unknown."

During June 1944, this Zero participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea (Great Marianas Turkey Shoot) and made an emergency landing at at Colonia Airfield on Yap Airfield. Afterwards, the Zero was abandoned.

Until 1980, the cockpit section of this Zero remained in situ at Colonia Airfield on Yap Airfield.

During 1980, this was one of four Zeros recovered in 1980 by Nobuo Harada. Stored at the Kawaguchiko Car Museum. It has not been restored, but was used as a source of parts for the restoration for A6M2 91518.

After the completion of the other Zero restorations, this aircraft was restored separately, with the wings and fuselage were completed.

During March 2010, the restored wings and fuselage were assembled. On April 6, 2010, the wings, tail, cockpit and engine were assembled for the first time.

Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long

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Last Updated
October 24, 2021


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