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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). Assigned to the 582 Kokutai. 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.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Munda Airfield with a damaged right wing and shrapnel damage over the airframe. Captured by American forces after the fall of Munda during early August 1943. Examined by US Army TAIU in August 1943.

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
Thanks to Richard Dunn and Jim Long for additional information.
FAOW #3, page 53
Japanese Naval Air Force Camouflage and Markings, World War II, p 83, 116

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January 31, 2018

 

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