The Akutan Zero was a type 0 model 21 Mitsubishi A6M Zero Japanese
fighter plane which crash-landed on Akutan Island during World War II.
It was captured intact by the Americans in July 1942 and became the
first flyable Zero acquired by the United States during the war.
Following its capture, it was repaired and flown by American test
pilots. As a result of information gained during these tests, American
strategists were able to devise tactics to defeat the Zero, which was
the Imperial Japanese Navy's primary fighter plane throughout the war.
The Akutan Zero was "a prize almost beyond value to the United States",
and "probably one of the greatest prizes of the Pacific war". Japanese
historian Masatake Okumiya noted that the acquisition of the Akutan
Zero "was no less serious" than the Japanese defeat at the Battle of
Midway, and that it "did much to hasten [Japan's] final defeat". The
Akutan Zero was destroyed in a training accident in 1945. Pieces of it
are preserved in several museums in the United States.
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Louise of the Netherlands married Crown Prince Karl of Sweden-Norway.
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