Aero Engine Valve - Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, 1942 Object Reg. No: ST 037449

Japanese Imperial Navy Mitsubishi A6M Zero engine valve from a Nakajima Sakae radial engine. Donor states it came from the first Japanese aircraft shot down in New Guinea. If this statement is accurate then the valve may be from a Zero flown by Petty Officer Katsuro Nagatomo of the Imperial Japanese Navy 4th Air Group who was shot down by ground fire by members of the 39th Battalion AMF over Bootless Inlet near Port Moresby on 28 February 1942. Nagatomo was wounded, burned and bailed out of his crippled aircraft, parachuting into the water. He was captured and sent to Laverton in Victoria for medical treatment and to Queensland for subsequent interrogation. He was transferred to the No 12 POW Camp, Cowra in 1943 and later took part in the August 1944 'Cowra Breakout' during which he was shot in the chest and killed.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Servicemen's League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1987
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 6.7 cm (Width), 13.2 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: prisoners of war, wars conflicts, aircraft, japanese, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: plunder
Manufacturer: Nakajima Aircraft Company, Japan, 1940-1941

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