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PostSubject: #49 - RO-GO operation - October to November, 1943   Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:44 pm



A6M2 model 21 tail code -170 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: book MODEL ART #272 - Camoufrage & Markings of the IJN fighters in WW2, page 104.


A6M2 and A6M3 photo
IJN Zuikaku departed Truk towards Rabaul with Shokaku, Zuiho, light cruiser Agano for Operation RO - Reinforcement of Rabaul (30 October-13 November 1943) and cruised 200 miles from Rabaul. Zuikaku launched 24 fighters (A6M2 model 21 and A6M3 model 22a) to reinforce Rabaul's land-based units, then returned to Truk.
Carrier A6M2 “Zero” from the aircraft carrier IJN Zuikaku preparing for a mission at Rabaul
In November of 1943, the 1st Koku Sentai (carrier division) off IJN Zuikaku was flown into buin to help support “Operation RO-GO” when US forces landed on Bouganinville.
INFO CREDIT: www.combinedfleet.com
PHOTO CREDIT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_A6M_Zero


A6M2 model 21 tail code -180 was flown by a shotaicho of carrier IJN Zuikaku.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: Sweet model kit, scale 1/144


A6M2 shotaicho's plane photo
A6M2s and A6M3s “Zero” at Rabaul, November 1943.
PHOTO CREDIT: magazine KoKuFan, September 1971, Page 60.


A6M2 and A6M3 photo
A6M2s and A6M3s “Zero” at Rabaul, November 1943. The third aircraft in the line up is an A6M3 model 22.
PHOTO CREDIT: magazine KoKuFan, September 1971, Page 60.


A6M3 model 22a tail code -173 was flown by a buntaicho of carrier IJN Zuikaku.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: Sweet model kit, scale 1/144


Buntaicho's plane photo #1
A6M3 model 22 of the 1st Koku Sentai (carrier division) off the IJN Zuikaku at Rabaul as part of “Operation RO-GO” during November 1943. The Zero 22 with two chevrons is believed to belong to the commander of Zuikaku’s fighter force. All tail markings have been deleted by wartime censor.
PHOTO CREDIT: book KOKU-FAN #38 – Japanese Imperial Navy Aircraft. Publisher: Bunrin-Do Ltd. (1987)


Buntaicho's plane photo #2
PHOTO CREDIT: book KOKU-FAN #38 – Japanese Imperial Navy Aircraft. Publisher: Bunrin-Do Ltd. (1987)


- 173 and -183 box art
BOX ART CREDIT: Sweet model kit, scale 1/144.


-173 Tamiya's model kit 1/48
Tamiya's 1/48 scale finished model of the A6M3a (Item 21093) Zero Fighter aircraft.
Length: 190mm, Wingspan: 250mm.


A6M3 model 22a tail code -183 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: book Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII, by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa (Contributor) and Don Cyril Gorham (Translator)


-183 photo #1
PHOTO CREDIT: book Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII, by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa (Contributor) and Don Cyril Gorham (Translator)


-183 photo #2
PHOTO CREDIT: book Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII, by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa (Contributor) and Don Cyril Gorham (Translator)


A6M3 model 22a tail code -186 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: Hasegawa.


-186 box art photo #1
BOX ART CREDIT: Hasegawa.


-186 box art photo #2
BOX ART CREDIT: Hasegawa.


-186 model kit
PHOTO CREDIT: Hasegawa catalog year 2000.


CPO Saburo Saito photo #1
WO Saburo Saito served as Zuikaku’s shotai leader in intercept operations during 2, 5, 8 and 11 November, 1943. He also participated in attacks carried out off Cape Torokina. During these operations, Saito claimed shot down eight planes.
INFO and PHOTO CREDIT: book Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII, by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa (Contributor) and Don Cyril Gorham (Translator).


A6M3 model 22a tail code -188 was flown by a wingman of carrier IJN Zuikaku.
COLOR PROFILE CREDIT: book Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII, by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa (Contributor) and Don Cyril Gorham (Translator)


- 188 photo
PHOTO CREDIT: book Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units of WWII, by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa (Contributor) and Don Cyril Gorham (Translator)
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