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Custom A6M3 Mod. 32 Zero Relic Display 24x48 w/ Wing Rib - Cole's Aircraft

Custom A6M3 Mod. 32 Zero Relic Display 24x48 w/ Wing Rib

  • 1,40000

Here's an amazing offering: One-of-kind 24x48 Japanese A6M3 Model 32 Zero relic display with large original wing rib - numbered one of one, and signed by the artist. Painting is a 12-color Giclee print on matte coated canvas and mounted in an open frame. Ready to hang. This wing rib can actually be seen in the painting, just revealed by the deflected aileron - a great detail to point out to observers! This original component is from this specific aircraft of the 252nd Kokutai, now under restoration by Legend Flyers.

This aircraft (serial number 3145) was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in September 1942.  It was one of only 343 built.  It was assigned to the 252nd Air Group (Kokutai) and deployed to Taroa in the Marshall islands, and was likely flown in combat by pilot ace Isamu Miyazaki.  When Miyazaki was asked shortly before his death if he ever flew this specific Zero while based at Taroa (tail code S-112), he said, "Almost certainly".  This was a very rare sponsored aircraft, paid for by the Manchurian Secondary Schools and given to the Japanese Navy (note the fuselage markings aft of the hinomaru).
In April 1943, the 252nd, and possibly this specific aircraft, intercepted and badly damaged Lt. Louis Zamperini's B-24D bomber.  This action is described in the best selling book 'Unbroken', being released as a major Hollywood film in 2014.   

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