Built by Nakajima during 1944. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M5 Model 52 Zero manufacture number unknown.
Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. Wartime service unknown. At the end of the Pacific War, this
aircraft was surrendered in Japan and transported to Tebrau Airfield in southern Malaysia.
This aircraft was one of sixty-four assembled by Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit–South East Asia (ATAIU-SEA) with Royal Air Force (RAF) markings painted over top the Japanese markings and "ATAIU-SEA" painted on the fuselage in white. One of four Japanese aircraft shipped to the United Kingdom this aircraft plus Ki-46-III Dinah 5439, Ki-100-1b 8476M and K9W1 Momiji.
It is believed this aircraft arrived in the United Kingdom during February 1947. Stored by the RAF until 1961. Over the years, the outer wings and tail section were lost or scrapped.
In 1961, this Zero center fuselage and
wing center section with the landing gear was transfered to the Imperial
War Museum (IWM) and placed on display. The Sakae 21
engine from this Zero is displayed separately at the Aerospace Museum
at Cosford (RAF Cosford).
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November 24, 2018