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I wonder if the pilot was still with this one when they found it? :shock:

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Rob Mears wrote:
I wonder if the pilot was still with this one when they found it? :shock:



Yes he was. I have those pictures as well. PM me your e-mail.


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The A6M5 C/n 5357 with tail number 61-120 is the now Planes of Fame Museum aircraft, based on my references. The markings indicate it belonged to the 261st Naval Air Corps, based in Saipan. It was coded TAIC 5 (Technical Air Intelligence Center) and shipped back to the US aboard the USS Copahee (CVE-12) along with other aircraft and arrived in San Diego on July 6th, 1944. For more info, see pages 171-172 of "War Prizes: An illustrated survey of German, Italian and Japanese aircraft brought to Allied countries during and after the Second World War" by Phil Butler, 1994. Hope that helps.

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bugazon wrote:
since we are on the subject of American Meatballs, What is the history of the Planes of Fame Zero? How did we procure that one? Are there any capture images of that aircraft


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mike furline wrote:
Rob Mears wrote:
I wonder if the pilot was still with this one when they found it? :shock:



Yes he was. I have those pictures as well. PM me your e-mail.

P.O. Koga broke his neck in the flip after touch down on muskeg (basically a very wet peat bog). He probably would have died of starvation if he'd survived the accident since there's next to zip to eat on the island.

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Awesome!! Thank you! :supz: :drink3:

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mike furline wrote:
bugazon wrote:
since we are on the subject of American Meatballs, What is the history of the Planes of Fame Zero? How did we procure that one? Are there any capture images of that aircraft


A6M5(5357) - TAIC 5

http://planesoffame.org/index.php?mact= ... turnid=128

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Whats the story on the what appears to be an SB2C with the squared off barndoor rudder behind the Zero profile photo?

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I like that rudder on the SB2C.


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I thought all Zeros were yellow! :)

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JohnB wrote:
I thought all Zeros were yellow! :)

Only on really old AURORA model boxes, the Bf-109 was a sort of ribbon candy burgandy :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen:

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The Inspector wrote:
JohnB wrote:
I thought all Zeros were yellow! :)

Only on really old AURORA model boxes, the Bf-109 was a sort of ribbon candy burgandy :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen:



And the FW-190 was black, the Spitfire an attractive medium metallic blue.

A few years ago the Seattle Chapter of the IPMS had a display where members took quality kits of all those aircraft and painted them like the old Aurora kits. Fun idea...for those of us of "a certain age".

BTW: In the film PT-109, Japanese bombers (Cessna T-50s/UC-78/AT-17s, etc.) were yellow.

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great sets of pictures everyone, thanks for sharing.

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The Inspector wrote:
Whats the story on the what appears to be an SB2C with the squared off barndoor rudder behind the Zero profile photo?


No idea on the SB2C, but pic was taken at Pax River. So probably just one of the "one of's" that were tested during the war.


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WOW! Wonder who is at the controls..............


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