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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture No 3092 Tail A1-1-208
IJN
Shōkaku Air Group

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Bill Bartsch
1973

Click For EnlargementCharles Darby 1974

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Justin Taylan 2005

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi during early January 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as D3A2 Model 22 Ku Ku Kamba (Val) manufacture number 3092.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Shōkaku Air Group. Tail code A1-1-208 painted in yellow. This aircraft was painted with dark green upper surfaces and light gray lower surfaces.

Wartime History
During early April 1943 this aircraft was based at Ballale Airfield. Likely, this Val was damaged on April 7, 1943 during Operation I-Go Sakusen and was parked due to battle damage or disabled on the ground afterwards. While parked, a nearby bomb blast blew the aircraft forward onto its nose and set fire to the center fuel.

Wreckage
Until the middle 1970s, this aircraft remained with its nose downward and tail pointed upward. Sometime later, it came to rest flat on the ground.

References
Some sources incorrectly claim this aircraft participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This is impossible based on the model and production date.
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 27 (upper), 55 (upper & middle)
Hostages To Freedom page 445-446
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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