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A6M2-N Type 2 Model 11 floatplanes at anchorage, date unknown

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1. Anonymous says:
13 Feb 2009 03:26:10 PM

info on above photo: Photo taken Jaluit Seaplane Base. Third aircraft from left, coded N1-118, was,flown by Lt. Keizo Yamazaki of the 802nd Kokutai. the zero was painted overall light gray with two medium blue fuselage bands, the engine cowl was blue-black. the A6m2-N was code named Rufe. A total of 327 A6M2-N Aircraft were built.
2. Commenter identity confirmed billAnonymous says:
23 Feb 2009 01:01:57 PM

The Nakajima A6M2-N, Type 2 Fighter Seaplane Code Name (Rufe) by the allies was a seaplane version of the Mitsubishi A6M2 carrier fighter. The rufe provided fighter cover where airfields did not yet exist, giving the Imperial Navy a decided advantage in forward areas. After Japan's surrender, Rufes were operated by the French, for use in Indo-China
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Dec 2016 02:02:34 PM

PURPLE RUFE CONTROVERSY

Nakajima built about (12) Rufes per-month from December 1941 through September 1943 w/327 built for the Imperial Navy. Did you know that one half (6) Rufes were sent to the Aleutains for naval operations.
Continued from my previous comment, about those purple painted A6M2-N Rufe seaplanes.
With a blend of gray paint, red primer and blue-black, described by Noboru Fujimoto, Imperial Japanese Navy, the color could have been seen as mauve or even purple it could have been very effective under conditions of fog and at twilight in the Aleutians.

EFFECTS OF HOMEBREW PAINT:

The US Navy salvaged a few Rufe seaplanes after several months under water, the gray camouflage had worn, giving a purple-pink cast, so the color, is still up for debate.
Another theory could it have been possible for the mix of paint described, bled through the gray camouflage paint...the controversy continues.
Salvaged A6M2-N Rufe wreckage at Kiska, Island by the US Navy were shipped to the Grumman Aircraft Co. at Long Island New York for study.
During the war, captured Japanese aircraft went on a Nation-wide war-bond tour. Fate of most aircraft were unknown, most likely they were destroyed during the Great Scrapping Frenzy after WWII.
This is the best information available, until proven other wise. Most mysteries big or small will remain just that mysteries of WWII...if anyone has more information post it here, I would like to read it.

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