Mitsubsihi Zero A6M3 Model 22, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 31 December 2012. The Japanese Navy's Zero is the most famous Japanese fighter of the Second World war, but none survives intact in Europe. In the first months of the Pacific War it earned a legendary reputation as a dogfighter, but later becane less effective against better Allied aircraft. The Japanese built 10.939 Zeros 1940 - 1945, more than any other combat aircraft. This fuselage was recovered from Taroa in 1991 by John Sterling, one of three Zero wrecks he recovered from the Marshall Islands in the 1990s. Behind is the nose section of Avro Lancaster I DV372.