After the conclusion of the Pacific War, most surviving
Japanese aircraft were destroyed where they lay, usually by burning.
Those machines in more isolated areas were simply left to rot, often
to be stripped for useful components by the indigenous population. Some
examples were shipped to Allied homelands (principally America and Australia)
for technical study, but by the 1950s most of these had been sold for
With the rise of interest in aviation history during the 1970s, the
surviving examples of JNAF and JAAF aircraft were often repaired, restored,
and placed on public display. Some further examples were recovered from
battle zones and, in a few cases, renovated to high standards. There
are doubtless many more still corroding in jungle areas or under the
A6M2-21 c/n 5784 - served with the JNAF in New Guinea, airframe
moved to Australia in the 1970s. The Australian War Museum, Canberra
& the RAAF rebuilt a display aircraft from these three incomplete
airframes (the other two were 4043 and 3618) in the late 1980s, tail
When I saw this aircraft in January 1999, the project had been
completed, and the machine was stored at the Truscott Technology Centre,
Canberra, awaiting completion of the main IWM building renovations.
The intention is to display it in the Museum when the building works
A6M2-22 c/n 3618 ex-Kahili airfield, Bougainville.
Remains with Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
A6M2 c/n 5349 code BII-124 Centre-section and other remnants
of aircraft shot down over Melville Island 19th February 1942. Australian
Aviation Heritage Centre, Winnellie, NT, Australia
A6M3-22 c/n 3835/3844 code 2-182 ex Bougainville (composite)
Auckland Institute & Museum
(see previous pages on this site)
A6M5 code 30-1153 Pusat Tni-Anu Museum (Indonesian Air Force Museum),
Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Aircraft recovered from the Babo airfield,
Irian Jaya, Indonesia
(Photo credit Angkasa/D.N.Yusuf ).
A6M2-21 c/n 91518 (Nakajima built) code EII-102 Nobuo Harada,
Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Tokyo, Japan, who is rebuilding it to airworthy
condition using A6M2 c/n 92717 (Nakajima built) as a parts
source. Completion date for the project, which features the original
Sakae 12 engine, is given as 'around the year 2000'. History of the
airframe is unknown, but it will be painted up with the tailcode
A6M5 c/n 4241 code 81-161 Nobuo Harada, Kawaguchiko Motor Museum,
Tokyo, Japan. Restoration of this airframe (recovered from Rabaul
in 1975) is complete, using parts from A6M5 c/n 1493 (Nakajima
built). At this time, the project is stalled awaiting a set of restorable
cylinder heads for the Sakae 21 engine. Since moved to the foyer of
the Yasukuni shrine museum in Tokyo (Photo credit Tom Stepleton)
A6M2-21 c/n 31870 coded 53-122, a field-converted two-seater
recovered from sea at Rabaul. It went to Australia for rebuild, and
is now on display at National Science Museum in Tokyo, Japan
A6M5a c/n 4685 code 43-188 ex-Agana airfiield, Guam JSDAP,
crashed 19th June 1944, recovered 1962, restored in Japan 1963. JASDF
Hamamatsu-Minami Air Base Collection, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
A6M5a c/n 4708 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Komaki South Plant),
A6M5c-52 Assembled from the remains of a A6M2 and a A6M5c recovered
from the sea in 1992. JMSDF Kanoya Air Base, Kagoshima pref., Japan
A6M5c-52-Hei recovered from the sea at Teuchi Harbour, near
Kagoshima. Displayed unrestored, Chiran Peace Museum, Kagoshima pref.,
Japan (also quoted as A6M7).
A6M3-32 code Y2-128 Aerospace Museum Nagoya Airport, Aichi
Prefecture, Japan. Said to be built up from 'several wrecks'.
A6M7 code 210-118B cockpit section ex-Lake Bewa. rest fabricated.
Kure Marine Museum, Hiroshima Prefecture. Previously at Zero-Park
Shirahama in Wakayama City and before that Kyoto-Arashiyama Museum.
A6M5 ex-Bansei airbase, Kagoshima Prefecture. Fukiagehama
in Kaseda City, Japan
A6M5 Chinese Peoples Military Museum, Beijing, PRC. In storage,
not on public view.
A6M2-21 c/n 51553 (5553?) code 313, A1-3-102 (Nakajima-built).
USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH, USA. Fuselage built
September 1943. Abandoned at Kavieng airstrip, New Ireland. Spent
some time unrestored with Tom King in Australia, and then relocated
into storage at RAAF Museum at Point Cook. Restored by Century Aviation
in Washington, USA and placed on display at the museum September 2004.
A6M2-21 c/n 5450 code EII-140 National Museum of Naval Aviation,
NAS Pensacola, FL, USA (is this the Zero ex-Malmaluau, Rabaul ex Carrier
'Zuikakul; Ballale Island,. that was at USMO Museum, Quantico, VA
A6M2-21 c/n 5451 (Nakajima built) code W1-150. Recovered from
Ballale, Solomon Islands, 1960s. Cockpit section used
in restoration of 5356. Rebuilt with parts from c/n 5356 by
Robert Diemer. Some confusion exists over the c/n - 5355 and 5356
have been quoted. 5451 is alleged to be the front section.
Was flying with 1200hp P&W R-1830 motor as N58245 with Confederate
Air Force, Midland, TX, USA, then to the CAF wing at Camarillo. Latest
reports indicate that because major repairs were becoming necessary
to maintain it's airworthy status, the aircraft was sold in late 2005
to the new Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island, Hawaii. Presumably
it will be on static display there.
c/n 3318 code Y2-128 Tom & John Sterling, Doise,
ID, USA. Recovered in 1991 from Maloelap Atoll, Taroa, in the Marshall
Islands, where it had served with the 252 Kokutai. Under restoration
to airworthy with P&W R-1830 engine.
A6M3-32 c/n 3685 code Y2-176 stored unrestored with Imperial
War Museum, Duxford, UK. Recovered by Tom & John Sterling, Doise,
ID, USA. Recovered along with c/n 3318.
A6M5-52 c/n 5357 (Nakajima-built) code 61-120, ex-Saipan.
Planes of Fame Museum, Chino, CA, USA - flying with Sakae motor as
A6M5-52 c/n 4400(?) code HKI02 Captured at Truk 1944, shipped
to USA and sold to Ed Maloney 1950. Planes of Fame Museum, chino,
CA, USA - on display complete but said to be allocated civil registration
A6M5 c/n 4323 earlier reported at San Diego Aerospace Museum.
Calif. - now untraced?
A6M5-52 c/n 4043 code 3-108 Recovered through Australia, where
some parts were used in the restoration of c/n 5784. Weeks Air Museum,
Florida, USA, display in 'as found' condition.
A6M5 c/n 5350 (Nakajima-built) R D Wittington, Florida, USA.
A6M5 c/n 4340 code 61-131, captured on Saipan. National Air
& Space Museum of Smithsonian Insitute, Washington, DC, USA
A6M7-63 c/n 23186 (Nakajima-built) code YO-143, San Diego Aerospace
Museum. Calif. (owned by National Air & Space Museum)
A6M2-21 c/n 3869, recovered from Babo airfield, Irian Jaya,
Indonesia in 1991, P&W R-1830 motor. Restored to airworthy in Russia
as an A6M3-22, flying as N6582L, later N712Z since 28 April 1998,
code X-133 Registered to Liberty Aero, Santa Monica, operated by Southern
CA Wing CAF and flying from their base at Camarillo.
A6M3 c/n 3852, recovered from Babo Island, Indonesia, restored
to airworthy in Russia 1994-97 with a P&W R1830. Flown as N385HF,
N3852 for Flying Hertitage Collection, Chino, USA. Under conversion
to two-seater at Chino.
c/n 5549 (Nakajima built) WI-187 Recovered from Balalae Island
in 1965 after service with 201 Kokutai, was with Robert Diemert, Manitoba,
Canada. Now reported with Blayd Corporation, Carman, Manitoba, and
being used as a pattern for building a new Zero. Project commenced
in 1994 and is estimated to take 60,000 man-hours. The new aircraft
will fly with a P&W R-1830 engine.