A6M5a Saburo Sakai

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  1. Ariete

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    #1 Ariete, Aug 29, 2009
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    Hi to all!!
    My name is Daniele..
    I'm an italian man..

    Are there some photos (or profiles) of Saburo's Zero A6M5a?

    I find only one pic of ヨ-137 aircraft..(Yokosuka Kokutai, August 1945)..
    But it's A6M5c..Not A6M5a..

    [​IMG]

    Best regards, Daniele. ;)
     
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    Will have a look in some of my Zero books.....Welcome Daniele:D
     
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    Welcome to the site.Greetings from Poland. :)

    Here what I have found in the Net....
     

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    Great stuff Wojtek.....
     
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    Thanks a lot to all for the welcome!! :oops:

    Thanks for pics too..
    But the last Zero's profile isn't correct..

    In fact it's a A6M5c and the pilot was Saburo Sakai (Yokosuka, August 1945)..
    But sadly artist made the error..Code is not 3-137, it should be Yo(mirror E)-137..
    And the spinner'd be red w/ the white tip.. :rolleyes:

    Best regards, Daniele.
     
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    Sorry , it is my fault. I have forgotten about mentioning the miastake.
    Here you are a profile of V-128 of a little bit better quality.
     

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    Hiya Daniele, welcome aboard!
     
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    In June and early July 1944 Sakai flew with the Yokosuka Kokutai based on Iwo Jima where he claimed 5 Hellcat victories flying Zeroes, 3 on 24th June and 1 each on the 4th and 5th July. During this time he would have been flying A6M5 or A6M5a aircraft, unfortunately there is no mention of aircraft codes.....
     
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    Hi, Ariete. Welcome to the forum8)
     

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    Good news, Wayne!! :D
    In fact the doubts are really these.. :rolleyes:
    ヨ-137 was also a A6M5a? Or was only a A6M5c?
    I have no idea.. :rolleyes:

    @Shinpachi: Great photo!! I adore Saburo!! Thanks a lot!! :)
    Japan is a beautiful country!!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Welcome again, Ariete:)

    I've found out a rare photo of Saburo Sakai as an aviation instructor.
    Please enjoy. Thanks!
     

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    Great pics Shinpachi!
     
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    wow, nice photo...never seen it before.
     
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    Excellent Pic Shinpachi haven't seen that second one before!:D

    "ヨ-137 was also a A6M5a? Or was only a A6M5c? I have no idea.."

    I have no idea either..I know of no photo of this aircraft, so unless Hasegawa have a source it could be a guess...

    If he was flying a Zero at this stage it could have been a 'c' but it is just as likely another A6M5 model,

    have a shot of Yo-143 in a hangar after the war and it is not an A6M5c it is a 5a or b.

    Ah, just found a profile claiming ヨ-137 is a standard A6M5 Model 52 flown at Iwo Jima by Sakai....so another different interpretation!! not cited as any of the minor modified variants of the model 52 'a' 'b' or 'c'
     
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    You are welcome, Wayne. Thanks:)
     
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    Cool picture!
     
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    Shinpachi..Wayne..You are greats!! :)

    The pic post by Shinipachi is beautiful..But also in this case is an A6M5c (cannons in the wings and other minor differents)..

    Wayne..You're right!!
    But I have Tamiya's kit #61103 and it reproduce an A6M5 or A6M5a.. :rolleyes:
    The wing panels are so differents compared to an A6M5c..
    Then, I'll build an another Zero of another pilot.. :(:(:(
    Alas..:cry:
     
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