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HistoryEdit

TAIU-POA (Technical Air Intelligence Unit - Pacific Ocean Areas) was a US Navy unit formed during World War II that trawled the various Pacific islands to recover Japanese aircraft. It did not test the planes themselves, but sent fourteen of them to the TAIC.

TAIU-POA's main claim to fame was the recovery of the first Mitsubishi A6M5 'Zeke 52' and the first Nakajima B5N2 'Kate" to be captured. These achievements took place with the capture of the Aslito airfield on Saipan, one of the Mariana Islands, on 18 June 1944.

These aircraft were shipped to the USA aboard the escort carrier USS Copahee (CVE-12), which left the Garapan anchorage off Saipan on 8 July, and unloaded its cargo of fifteen Japanese aircraft and thirty-seven engines at NAS North Island, San Diego, on 28 July. The aircraft were fourteen 'Zekes', in various states of disrepair, and the B5N2 'Kate'. The aircraft were then taken to NAS Anacostia, where a number were restored to flying condition by the TAIC.[1]

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  1. RCAF War Prize Flights, German and Japanese Warbird Survivors