The Flying Milk Jug was an amazingly resilient aircraft.
@ Stitch - the Mitsubishi Zero-Sen was not badly-built. It's main problem was that it wasn't upgraded. Remember that the Zero was a pre-war design; when it was designed lack of armor, lack of self-sealing tanks, lack of armored glass, lack of a bubble canopy, etc., etc., weren't failings - those things didn't exist in aircraft. Part of the reason not to up-armor and up-gun the Zero-Sen was a philosophical one - Japanese thinking of the time was to discount lengthy survivability and firepower in favor of evasiveness. Remember that the maneuverability of the Zero was the yardstick used for a plane's agility throughout the PTO. There were two things which later, into the war, made the Zero look worse for wear: 1) the Americans, with some British engine tech here and there, started making heavier-hitting and better armored aircraft which could passably fight in the air with the Zero; and, 2) American pilot ingenuity in using the advantages of heavier American aircraft against the weaknesses of the Zero - ceiling and dive rate, most notably.
Of course, much later in the war the Japanese were too pressed economically to start altering production lines or design new aircraft.
"You fought with Captain Reynolds in the war?"
"I fought with a lot of people in the war."
"And your husband?"
"I fight with him sometimes, too."