The Model 11 saw its first combat in China and the first kills were in September 1940 when 13 A6M2s fought 27 Chinese Polikarpovs and shot all of them down.
In central China the 12th Kokutai had around 30 Model 11s. In southern China the 14th Kokutai had around 9.
Burma, Malaya, Pearl Harbor and the Philippine Islands
The A6M2 was the primary version that was used in the first months of the war in the Pacific. It made up 2/3 of the Japanese Navy's fighter force.
First Complete Airframe
In July 1942 the Americans were able to retrieve a complete A6M2 airframe from the Aleutian Islands, where it had been forced to land. A report was issued on September 4, 1942, after tests were conducted.