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  D3A1 Model 11 Val Manufacture Number 3470 Tail T3-261
IJN
582 Kōkūtai

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USN August 11, 1943

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FAOW c1943

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USN c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi, completed during June 1942. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 99 Carrier Bomber Model 1 / Ku Ku Kamba (Kanbaku) / D3A1 Val.

Wartime History
Assigned to 582 Kokutai. In the field, this aircraft was painted in green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Tail code T3-261 painted in white and a red horizontal stripe across the tail and vertical stripe on the rear fuselage.

During late 1942 or early 1943, this Val was abandoned at Munda Airfield with a damaged right wing. On the ground, the aircraft sustained more damage from shrapnel over the airframe due to bombing missions against the airfield and battle.

Wreckage
During early August 1943 this Val was captured largely intact by the U. S. Army at Munda Airfield. When captured the Val had shrapnel damaged on the left side of the fuselage, the fabric was holed and the cockpit canopy glass and engine cowling were removed.

Soon afterwards, examined by Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU) that noted the manufacture number, tail number and took several photographs of the aircraft. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Richard Dunn adds:
"The crash report says that the stencil port side forward of horizontal stabilizer translates: "Type 99 (no model) carrier borne bomber." The report talks about 3029, 3106, and 3263 and lumps them together as the same type and mentions salvage of parts from 'both models' clearly implying 3470 is different. A separate summary CEAR identifies 3470 as a Val Mk 1 assembled June 42. The fact that the stencil fails to note a model number implies it was a mark 1 as no model number was necessary on the original type (there being no mark 2 at that time)."

References
Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers by Jim Long
CEAR (Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report) No. ??
FAOW #3, page 53
Japanese Naval Air Force Camouflage and Markings, World War II, p 83, 116
Thanks to Richard Dunn and Jim Long for additional information

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Last Updated
December 27, 2018

 

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