These five sample profiles are representative of the thirty-four profiles of Model 21 and Model 32 reisen (Zero fighter) operated by the Tainan.


The profiles are the most accurate compiled to date of Tainan Zeros and are sourced from color photo collections, Allied intelligence data, Japanese records, movie footage and private collections and log books. A yellow background to the profile number indicates possible ambiguity over the markings (e.g. #12, 13 & 15), and explains why in accompanying text.


The history of each aircraft is provided for each profile in a separate index. The expertise of Zero markings specialist Ed DeKiep was consulted throughout.


The markings of the Tainan were complex and varied, and there are still gaps in the record.