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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. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 4240.

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai (Air Group). No known markings or tail code. During late 1943 or early 1944, this Zero operated from Rabaul. This Zero was abandoned at one of the airfields.

This Zero remained in situ until 1974. During 1974, forward fuselage center section and wings were recovered by an unknown person from Rabaul.

In 1978, shipped to Japan and imported by Light Aviation Co., Ltd and auctioned at Ryugasaki with A6M5 Zero 4444 and a Sakai engine serial number 211486. This Zero was purchased by Nobuo Harada with other Zero parts.

Starting in 1980, restored using the recovered center section and wings plus parts from other Zeros recovered from Rabaul including A6M5 Zero 4240 and A6M5 Zero 4241 plus other Zero parts recovered from Colonia Airfield on Yap. The restoration took 20 years to complete in 2000. The static restored plane was painted in the markings of A6M5 Zero tail 81-161 from 281 Kōkūtai (281 Air Group).

The restored Zero was displayed After restoration, the finished A6M5 Zero 4168 Tail 81-161 was displayed at the Kawaguchiko Car Museum until 2002 then donated to Yasukuni Jinja (Yasukuni Shrine) and displayed at Yūshūkan (Yasukuni Museum) in the entry area.

Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Thanks to Light Aviation Co., Ltd and Nobuo Harada for additional information

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September 1, 2023


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