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  A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number ? Tail 1-01
201 Kōkūtai
301 Hokotai

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February 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M5 Model 52 Zero manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the 201 Kōkūtai, 301 Hokotai. Tail code 1-01.

Wartime History
This Zero operated in the Manila area, likely based at Mandaluyong East Airfield. To avoid American bombing raids against the airfield, this Zero was flown to Wack Wack Golf Club and landed on one of the fairway to move it away from the areas targeted.

During February 9-10, 1945 this Zero was captured intact by the U. S. Army at Wack Wack Golf Club. The only obvious damage to the aircraft were two holes in the rudder fabric.

Possibly, this Zero was disassembled and shipped to Hawaii where the fuselage was photographed sometime later in 1945. Afterwards, the ultimate fate of this Zero is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Thanks to Tony Feredo and Jim Lansdale for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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