Built by Aichi during early October 1942. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to Zuikaku.
On April 7, 1943 took off as part of Operation I-Go Sakusen on a dive bombing mission against American shipping in Tulagi Harbor off Tulagi. Over the target, shot down and crashed on land.
Three Vals went down in the jungle within sight of Niagara and Rail and were investigated by Allied forces. Three dive bomber wrecks were found: this aircraft, D3A2 Val 3041 and D3A2 Val 3014. One of the dive bombers that crashed on land was investigated and two rolls of exposed 35mm film were found. These contained numerous views of the new Type 99 model 22 dive bomber and allowed the Allies to make a detailed visual comparison with the earlier version.
X Attack of I-Operation by Richard Dunn
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long
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January 31, 2018