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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number 3023 Tail 2-227
IJN
582 Kōkūtai

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi, estimated to have been built during early October 1942. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 582 Kokutai. Tail code 2-227.

Wartime History
This aircraft operated from Lae Airfield. Abandoned as unserviceable as of January 10, 1943 and abandoned.

Wreckage
On September 16, 1943 this aircraft was among the Japanese aircraft captured at Lae Airfield. Later, this aircraft was investigated by Allied Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) and the manufacture number was noted. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
CEAR (Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report) No.17
"This document notes a total of at least 80 wrecks, including: 2 D3A1; 4 D3A2"
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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