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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number 1520  
IJN
582 Kōkūtai
or 552 Kōkūtai

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Mark Reichman 2007

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi during November 1943. True serial number 520. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to either the 582 Kōkūtai or 552 Kōkūtai.

Wartime History
This aircraft likely shot down by anti-aircraft fire or American fighters and crashed between December 15-31, 1943 during Japanese air raids against the U. S. Army beachead and U. S. Navy vessels supporting the landing.

Wreckage
During 2007, the tail wheel assembly and some wing structure remained at the crash site.

Mark Reichman adds:
"Not much there but the tail wheel and some wing structure.  By the time we got to the site, we only had 15 minutes to snap pictures as we had to hike back to a timber company road to meet a truck to take us back to the Pulie River.  We heard or other pieces in the area that may be parts of this plane."

References
Thanks to Mark Reichman for additional information
Thanks to Hiteoshi Toshi for dataplate translation.
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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