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D3A2 Val 1520 Dataplates (Top) 9501 (Lower) 1520
Mark Reichman adds: "That plate was found on the hinged section of the wing which would be a very strong place to rivet it to.  That hinged section is usually still closed on the planes we've found in the past so have not seen it before as the hinges sections always appeared to be rusted so we never attempted to open them.  This wing only had the one section so the plate was visible.  I was hoping it had all the info needed to identify the plane.  It would be a good place to put the plate as that section of the plane is always intact.  It's a pretty indestructible location."

[ TOP TAG ]
Place of Manufacture - Aichi Aircraft Company, Ltd.
Airframe Use - Type 99 Carrier-Based Bomber Model 22
Manufacture Number - Aichi No. 9501
Weight - 162.2 kilograms
Inspection Stamp - Navy symbol (a flower); Aichi Co. symbol (an A and a C in a circle); individual symbol (a 2 in a circle)
Inspection date - blank year; blank month; blank day

[LOWER TAG]
Airframe Number - Aichi No. 1520

Thanks to Jim Long for additional information
Credit: Mark Reichman Date: May 12, 2007
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