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  A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 4240  
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Justin Taylan 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi at Nagoya, estimated date of assembly December 1943.

Wartime History
Transported to Rabaul and flown in combat. At the end of the war, this Zero was abandoned at an airfield.

During 1974, the main wing and forward fuselage center section was recovered by an unknown person from Rabaul.

Imported into Japan to Light Aviation Co., Ltd, Japan. Auctioned at Ryugasaki in 1978 along with A6M5 Zero 4444 and a Sakai engine serial number 211486. Purchased by Nobuo Harada along with other Zero parts.

This center section wing of 4240, plus parts from other Zeros wrecks recovered from Colonia Airfield on Yap were used to restore this aircraft to static display. The project took 20 years: from recovery in 1980 until completion in 2000. The Zero is painted with tail code 81-161 of the 281 Kōkūtai.

After restoration, the finished A6M5 Zero 4168 Tail 81-161 was displayed at the Kawaguchiko Car Museum until 2002 then donated to Yūshūkan (Yasukuni Museum) at Yasukuni Jinja (Yasukuni Shrine) in Tokyo, where it is displayed to this day.

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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