A Mitsubishi Zero artifact described as “original and untouched” with “known history and provenance” as well as “jungle dirt and battle damage” has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):
This relic is from a 1943 Mitsubishi Zero A6M3 Model 22 (aircraft carrier duty, with folding wing tips). It is the port horizontal stabilizer lower aluminum shin, which is the only location on the Mitsubishi Zero that displayed a large factory-applied stenciled serial number. This skin is from Zero serial number 3618… This piece is original and untouched; it’s complete with jungle dirt and battle damage. It is ‘as found’ at Buin Japanese airfield, which was located at the north end of the notorious air battle zone famously known as the “Solomon Slot”… In 1980 the skin was removed from the original horizontal stabilizer during a restoration project
The artifact is located in Huntington Beach, California and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes a number of additional photos and details on the part’s history.