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253 Kōkūtai (253 Air Group)
Imperial Japanese Navy Kokutai

Background
The 253 Kōkūtai (253 Air Group) operated the A6M Zero fighter.

During 1943 operated from Tobera Airfield south of Rabaul.

253 Kokutai Tail Codes
The group used different tail codes at various dates.

Tail code Dates
253-1xx ? - middle September 1943
53-1xx middle September 1943

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