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=== In Allied hands ===
 
=== In Allied hands ===
Sources give conflicting information about how the Australian got hold of this airframe. One source claims it was given to them by TAIU-SWPA at Clark Field from the various Zero's captured or brought there<ref name="j-aircraft.com457sqn">http://www.j-aircraft.com/captured/capturedfrom/raafzero/457_squadron_zero.htm</ref>, another source claims that On 9 September 1945 this Zero and several (Japanese Naval Air Force) G4M Betty bombers with the Japanese surrender delegation flew from Halmahera to Moratai, where the aircraft were surrendered.<ref name="pacificwrecks5622">https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/a6m5/5622.html</ref> Footage of that ceremony however show the Japanese delegation landing and taking off in Ki-49 and Ki-21 Japanese Army Air Force bomber aircraft, and there is no Zero on the footage.<ref>https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03591/</ref> This Zero was repaired by engineers from RAAF 79 Squadron<ref name="pacificwrecks5622" /> and repainted with RAAF roundel markings and stripped to a bare aluminum finish. The Australians of 457 Squadron test flew the aircraft for some time,<ref name="j-aircraft.com457sqn" /> but it's ultimate outcome is unknown. Rumour has it that it was flown to ATAIU-SEA at RAF Selatar and that it crashed into the Singapore harbour on a test flight.<ref>http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/zero.htm</ref> That source quotes an entirely different aircraft though (A6M5 C/n 1303, TAIC 11), that at that time flew in the US at NAS Anacostia, wearing RAF markings.
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Sources give conflicting information about how the Australian got hold of this airframe. One source claims it was given to them by TAIU-SWPA at Clark Field from the various Zero's captured or brought there<ref name="j-aircraft.com457sqn">http://www.j-aircraft.com/captured/capturedfrom/raafzero/457_squadron_zero.htm</ref>, another source claims that on 9 September 1945 this Zero and several (Japanese Naval Air Force) G4M Betty bombers with the Japanese surrender delegation flew from Halmahera to Moratai, where the aircraft were surrendered.<ref name="pacificwrecks5622">https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/a6m5/5622.html</ref> Footage of that ceremony however show the Japanese delegation landing and taking off in Ki-49 and Ki-21 Japanese Army Air Force bomber aircraft, and there is no Zero on the footage.<ref>https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03591/</ref> This Zero was repaired by engineers from RAAF 79 Squadron<ref name="pacificwrecks5622" /> and repainted with RAAF roundel markings and stripped to a bare aluminum finish. The Australians of 457 Squadron test flew the aircraft for some time,<ref name="j-aircraft.com457sqn" /> but it's ultimate outcome is unknown. Rumour has it that it was flown to ATAIU-SEA at RAF Selatar and that it crashed into the Singapore harbour on a test flight.<ref>http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/zero.htm</ref> That source quotes an entirely different aircraft though (A6M5 C/n 1303, TAIC 11), that at that time flew in the US at NAS Anacostia, wearing RAF markings.
   
 
<gallery>file:Captured_RAAF_A6M_Morotai_1945.jpg|'Captured RAAF A6M, Morotai 1945' says the picture
 
<gallery>file:Captured_RAAF_A6M_Morotai_1945.jpg|'Captured RAAF A6M, Morotai 1945' says the picture
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* Butler, Phil. ''War Prizes''. Leicester, Great Britain: Midland Counties Publications, 1994. ISBN 0-904597-86-5
 
* Butler, Phil. ''War Prizes''. Leicester, Great Britain: Midland Counties Publications, 1994. ISBN 0-904597-86-5
 
[[Category:Mitsubishi A6M]]
 
[[Category:Mitsubishi A6M]]
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[[Category:World War 2]]

Latest revision as of 01:01, 23 December 2017

History[]

Aircraft History[]

Built by Mitsubishi as a A6M5 Model 52, C/n 5622. Delivered to an unknown Japanese Naval Air Force Unit at either the Philippines or the Dutch East Indies.

In Allied hands[]

Sources give conflicting information about how the Australian got hold of this airframe. One source claims it was given to them by TAIU-SWPA at Clark Field from the various Zero's captured or brought there[1], another source claims that on 9 September 1945 this Zero and several (Japanese Naval Air Force) G4M Betty bombers with the Japanese surrender delegation flew from Halmahera to Moratai, where the aircraft were surrendered.[2] Footage of that ceremony however show the Japanese delegation landing and taking off in Ki-49 and Ki-21 Japanese Army Air Force bomber aircraft, and there is no Zero on the footage.[3] This Zero was repaired by engineers from RAAF 79 Squadron[2] and repainted with RAAF roundel markings and stripped to a bare aluminum finish. The Australians of 457 Squadron test flew the aircraft for some time,[1] but it's ultimate outcome is unknown. Rumour has it that it was flown to ATAIU-SEA at RAF Selatar and that it crashed into the Singapore harbour on a test flight.[4] That source quotes an entirely different aircraft though (A6M5 C/n 1303, TAIC 11), that at that time flew in the US at NAS Anacostia, wearing RAF markings.

Sources[]

Bibliography[]

  • Butler, Phil. War Prizes. Leicester, Great Britain: Midland Counties Publications, 1994. ISBN 0-904597-86-5