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KU_Rigamortis

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Babo island Zero
« on: July 14, 2013, 17:46:54 »
Should not be Chinese music:

http://youtu.be/LM1nWi3t3N4

Japanese units based at Babo.

- 202nd Kokutai (formally 3rd Kokutai - Zeros) early 1943 - March 1944 Truk, returns June 44
- 311th Hikotai of the 153 Kokutai - (A6M3-5 Zeros)
- 753rd & 732nd Kokutai - Betty (possibly based)
- JAAF 7th Air Division
- 59th Sentai (Ki-43) May 1943
- 61st (Hiko) Sentai (Ki-49 Helen) I think it is "Hiko sentai"
- 24th Sentai, 1st Chutai (Ki-43-II Oscar) Sumatra May 1943 to Dagua
- 34th Sentai (Ki-48) 1943
- 59th Sentai (Ki-43-II Oscar detachment) Malang March 1943 - April 1943 But
- 70th Dokuritsu Chutai (Ki-46 Dinah)
- 73rd Dokuritsu Chutai (Ki-51 Sonia)
- 45th Sentai (Ki-45 Nick) 16 arrive February 19, 1944 to Wakde
- 75th Sentai (Ki-48 Lily)
- 25th Special Base Unit  (Betty & Topsy Transports)

So if this video contains Zero from Babo island, even parts used in Russian hand built replica, it was perhaps 3rd Kokutai?
In 1974, Roy Worchester took a photo of a very intact zero sitting in a revetment at Babo airfield.  Still sitting on landing gear"

http://www.pacificwrecks.com/airfields/indonesia/babo/1974/babo-zero.html#axzz2Z0XBTdKn

« Last Edit: July 14, 2013, 17:53:10 by KU_Rigamortis »

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Re: Babo island Zero
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 23:23:51 »
In that video, Planes of Fame's comment says "The "other 2 Zeros" are not authentic Mitsubishi A6M Zero's, they were built by hand from the blue prints in Russia in 1999."
Restored zero from Babo airfield is owned by Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection.
http://pugetexposure.blogspot.jp/2012/06/flying-heritage-collection-japanese.html
http://www.flyingheritage.com/TemplatePlane.aspx?contentId=20
I dont know which squadron that zero has belonged, that model number was N3852.

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