Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About

World War II Database

An A6M2 Type 21 'Zero' fighter at Rabaul with the Hanabuki volcano as background, circa 1942-1944

Caption   An A6M2 Type 21 'Zero' fighter at Rabaul with the Hanabuki volcano as background, circa 1942-1944 ww2dbase
More on...   
A6M Zero   Main article  Photos  
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 5 Jun 2007

Did you enjoy this photograph? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this photograph with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Nov 2010 07:01:59 PM

Mechanics working on a Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 at Lakunai airfield, as Mt. Hanabuki smokes in the background. Pilots approaching Rabaul could see it for for miles. Many pilots would remove the radio and radio mast, in order to save weight
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Jun 2011 06:46:01 AM

RINGS AROUND RUBAUL: Rubaul was captured by Japanese forces in Feb. 1942. As the war progressed, it was cut-off from re-supply, and under continued Allied air attacks, Rubaul became useless. It was by-passed by US forces and later surrendered in Aug. 1945. By that time, many of its air units, both Army and Navy were withdrawn to Truk in 1944.
3. Bill says:
15 Dec 2016 08:22:03 PM

FIELD CAMOUFLAGE: 101 As the war continued the need for camouflage became apparent. Aircraft sitting in the open became easy target for Allied fighters. Ground crews used canvas tarps or what natural materials could be found. A LITTLE DAB WILL DO IT: Ground crews used dark green paint, daubed over the standard factory finish, however, different lots of paint, resulted in both both dark and light green camouflage until Mitsubishi and Nakajima A6M Zeros left the factory in camouflage. Ground crews smoothed out the paint with gasoline soaked rags. This resulted in a type of marbled effect on the wings, tail and fuselage, the engine remained a blue/gray color. I thank the editor/ww2db for allowing me to leave my personal comments, that also include references to historic information...

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code


Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
Famous WW2 Quote
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Winston Churchill