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Japanese fighter with a 20 mm Cannon Found Near Airstrip

20 mm Cannon
20 mm Cannon Found in Wing of Japanes Plane
The following pictures were taken of a Japanese fighter with a 20 mm cannon found near the old airstrip. The plane was broken into a number of pieces on a slope. The pieces included the engine and prop on the top of the hill. A few feet below we found a wing sitting right side up with the landing gear down. About 30 feet down the slope was a wing upside down with a 20 mm cannon still in the wing. The gear on this wing was sticking straight up in the air. We found the tail another 30 feet down the slope. The tail and back part of the fuselage was almost complete. It's likely this plane was hit on the ground by an American air strike; however, it was interesting to find the 20 mm cannon still in the wing. We assumed the Japanese removed guns and parts from the planes destroyed on the ground to use in other planes. Also, many of the planes have been scavenged since the end of the war therefore, finding the cannon still in the wing was an interesting discovery.

I believe the wreck is a Japanese Zero, however, I have not identified the plane at this time. Please feel free to submit comments about the pictures to help identify the plane type. Send emails to Pat at: pat@missingaircrew.com

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