The Japanese fighter Zero, the first copy captured by the Americans

fighter Zero

The Japanese fighter A6M2 “Zero”, the first copy captured by the Americans.

During the attack of Dutch Harbor on June 3, 1942, the fighter petty officer Tadayoshi Koga from the aircraft carrier Ryudze was damaged and the pilot decided to make an emergency landing on the island of Akutan (Aleutian Islands), a specially agreed place for emergency landing. When landing, the aircraft overturned and the pilot died. The crew of the Japanese submarine that was on duty there did not find the plane, but the Americans found it on June 11, 1942. As a result of landing, the Japanese fighter was slightly damaged and quickly repaired and flew. The information received after the tests was promptly sent to the troops and used in American aircraft construction.

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