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Mitsubishi A5M ‘Claude’ model.  Some A5Ms were still in service at the beginning of World War II in the Pacific. United States intelligence sources believed the A5M was still the primary Navy fighter, but they had already been replaced by the A6M 'Zero' on first-line aircraft carriers and with the Tainan Air Group. Other Japanese carriers and air groups continued to use the A5M until production of the 'Zero' caught up with demand.

Mitsubishi A5M ‘Claude’ model. Some A5Ms were still in service at the beginning of World War II in the Pacific. United States intelligence sources believed the A5M was still the primary Navy fighter, but they had already been replaced by the A6M 'Zero' on first-line aircraft carriers and with the Tainan Air Group. Other Japanese carriers and air groups continued to use the A5M until production of the 'Zero' caught up with demand.

Ki-51 “Sonia” recon/ light bomber from the 27th Sentai, in Burma, 1942. The yellow stripe indicates that this aircraft is from the 3rd Company. They were a mixed unit with “Anns” and “Marys”; later they were equipped with the Ki-45 “Nicks”.

“Sonia” recon/ light bomber from the Sentai, in Burma, The yellow stripe indicates that this aircraft is from the Company. They were a mixed unit with “Anns” and “Marys”; later they were equipped with the “Nicks”.

Mitsubishi Type 0, Model 32 (A6M3), flown by Rikugun Shoi (Lt.) Inano Kikuíchi, 4th chutai, Tainan Kokutai, Buna/New Guinea, August 1942. Artwork of Claes Sundin.

Mitsubishi Type Model 32 Flown by Rikugun Shoi (Lt.) Inano Kikuíchi, chutai, Tainan Kokutai, Buna/New Guinea, August Claes Sundin 2012

Mitsubishi G3M2 / 3rd kokutai // Takao, Formosa. Operated on clandestine photographic missions from Southern Formosa over the Philippines in preparation for invasion. Overall Light Blue-Grey.

Operated on clandestine photographic missions from Southern Formosa over the Philippines in preparation for invasion. Overall Light Blue-Grey.

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