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  A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 5622  
IJN
? Kōkūtai

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Australian Army 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 0 / A6M5 Model 52 Zero manufacture number 5622. Assigned to an unknown Kōkūtai (Air Group). No known markings.

Wartime History
This Zero was captured at Clark Field on Luzon in the Philippines. During late February 1945 this Zero was captured by the U. S. Army. Afterwards, repaired by Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) with a bare aluminum finish and U. S. star and bar insignia.

During 1945, took off from Clark Field pilioted by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Squadron Leader Bruce D. Watson, 403084 Commanding Officer of No. 457 Squadron on a flight to Morotai.

On Morotai, the U. S. star marking was overpainted with a RAAF roundel. This Zero was parked near the runway and photographed by Allied personnel. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Note other sources state this Zero was surrendered on September 9, 1945 on Morotai.
Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
WW2 Nominal Roll - Bruce Duddridge Watson, 403084
Thanks to Peter Flahavin, Robert Rocker and Ryan Toews for additional information

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Last Updated
September 9, 2020

 

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