Japanese Aircrew

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  1. Micdrow

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    These are some items that would typcially found on Japanese aircrew members. Please feel free to add to this as this is a work in progress.

    1. Japanese coins
    2. Japanese Dog tag
    3. Japanese Flag
    4. Japanese Occupation money Malaya
    5. Japanese Pilot Badge
    6. Japanese Philippine Occupation money
     

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    Weird how the money is printed in english. Great stuff micdraw we need people to post some more pics
     
  3. Micdrow

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    Thanks wilbur1,
     
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    One of the ways that the CAF SoCal Wing raises money to keep their Zero flying is to have the crew chief, who is Japanese-American, dress up in the uniform of the Japanese pilots of the time and pose for picture, for a donation, of course! ;) But his uniform is authentic in look and style.
     

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    Great pics evan do they actually have a real zero? didnt think any were flyable
     
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    Yep, it's an A6M3 Model 20. There is also an A6M5 at Chino with the original Sakae engine. The CAF A6M3 is a P&W. There are 1 or two other flyable Zeros around, but don't get flown much, if at all. In total, there are less than 5 that still are flyable, and only 2 that fly on any regular basis. Here are the A6M5 and A6M3 flying together at Chino last year. Quite a site, two REAL zeros!

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    That is badass:shock:
     
  8. Micdrow

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    Couple of more

    1. Japanese flying suit
    2. Japanese aircraft mechanic badge
    3. Japanese Army aviation float vest
     

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    Couple of manuals, one is a Japanese Air and land handbook in english. The other is infantry weapons manual.

    Enjoy
     

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    I believe the IJN or IJA parachute gear must be stringed like the image attached. I'm pleased to see the cool and brave samurai-look Japanese pilot beside CAF Zero though.:wav: [​IMG]
     
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    early style goggles, not in the best condition...
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    Here's a pic I took at the Australian War Memorial last year.
     

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    Awsome pictures there guys, thanks for sharing
     
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    Dear Shinpachi:

    Do you able to translate for all us the text marked in the plaque of identification -dog tag- apported by Micdrow?
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    And the significance of the ritual coins?

    Many thanks in advance.



    Jan.
     
  19. Shinpachi

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    Hi, Jan7.

    Micdrow's dog tag can be read like this -
    "Special Infantry 57th Company No.4-163"

    Japanese Army dog tags had a lot of secret codes to hide exact identifications from enemies in the wartime but this tag seems having no such code. I guess maybe this company was organized by young students, volunteers and old men under an emergency.
     

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    Many thanks for the translation Shinpachi.
     
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