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Aichi Type 99 Carrier Bomber (Kanbaku) / D3A Val
Technical Information

Built by Aichi. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) designation was Type 99 Carrier Bomber / Ku Ku Kamba (Kanbaku) / D3A Val. This was the Japanese Navy's primary dive bomber at the start of WWII, and could operate from aircraft carriers or land based.

This low-wing monoplane with fixed landing gear. Its performance characteristics were not that impressive, but the well-trained, experienced Japanese pilots could use it effectively to bombed targets with great accuracy. Despite its lower speed, it was highly maneuverable.

D3A1 (Model 11)
Initial production design, used at the start of the war and for the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines.

D3A2 (Model 22)
The first models were assembled in June 1942, and entered service in the autum of 1942.

A total of 1,495 were built.

Notes on the Production Record of the Val by Jim Long

Technical Details
Crew  Two (pilot, gunner)
Engine  14 cylinder radial with three bladed propeller
Span  14.37m
Length  10.20m
Height  3.85m
Maximum Speed  209 km/h
Range  795 miles
Armament  (nose) 2 x 7.7mmmachine guns (rear) 7.7mm machine gun
Bombload  (centerline) 250kg (wings) 2 x 60kg

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