A Japanese pilot marking a victory on his A6M Zero fighter, 14 Feb 1942; note his unit's mascot, a monkey, on the aircraft

Caption   A Japanese pilot marking a victory on his A6M Zero fighter, 14 Feb 1942; note his unit's mascot, a monkey, on the aircraft ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseTokyo Everyday News
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A6M Zero   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 14 Feb 1942
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 26 Jul 2011

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Oct 2011 06:32:14 PM

Recent discovered "Kill" marking photo taken from a 1944 Asahigraph.
The Japanese used different types of kill markings: Birds, Stars, Cherry Blossoms
Aircraft Silhouettes, US Star Insigina with an arrow through it, Silhouette of an Axe and the Chrysanthemum.

What is that object sticking out from the fuselage above the sun insigina?


Pilot climbed aboard the Zero grabbing the
hand hold with his right hand, the Zero also had a foot hold for his right foot, boosted himself up, with his left leg on to the wing and with his left hand grabbed another hand hold climbed aboard and into the cockpit.

Nakajima had a different approach the pilot of a Ki-43 Oscar pulled himself up along the wing with a leather pull into the cockpit.
2. Dan G. says:
7 Dec 2022 10:46:01 AM

the "post" protruding from the fuselage is a spring-loaded/actuated hand-hold for the pilot to climb into the Zero, the black dot immediately below it is the release button.

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