Corgi AA33106 Japanese Mitusbishi A6M3-22 Zero Fighter - CPO Takeo Okamura, 201st Air Group, September 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable."
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito, after the Hiroshima bombing
Aside from the early-morning raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, perhaps the biggest shock for American forces in the Pacific was the outstanding performance of the Imperial Navy's main carrier fighter, the beautifully proportioned Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen. Some 10,500 Zeros were built by Mitsubishi in no fewer than eight different sub-types, and although outclassed by more powerful US fighters from late 1943 onwards, the Zero retained a modicum of 'combatibility' due to its weight.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a Mitsubishi A6M3-22 "Zero" Fighter was attached to the 201st AG and flown by CPO Takeo Okamura. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.5 inches
Historical Account: The unit designation 'WI' was used from June 1943 through to 1944, during which time CPO Okumara became one of the most famous aces in Japan by setting a Japanese Navy Air Force record for shooting down the most number of enemy aircraft in a single day. On September 14th, he shot down ten aircraft over Buin, a remarkable feat.