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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number 3105  
IJN
582 Kōkūtai
or 552 Kōkūtai

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Ray Fairfield 1967
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Barry Flood 1970s
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Justin Taylan 2006

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi, estimated date of assembly January 17, 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). This aircraft was assigned to either the 582 Kōkūtai, 552 Kōkūtai or possibly a Carrier Air Group.

Wartime History
Damaged on the ground at Gasmata Airfield, presumably with a bomb blast damaging the tail and forcing the aircraft onto its nose.

Wreckage
This aircraft remained in situ until 1973 when recovered by Douglas Hubbard, Jr. for the Nimitz Museum. Locals felt the wreck was stolen from them without permission. The Val was taken from Gasmata by landing craft, and transferred to HMAS Melbourne.

Display
Afterwards, shipped to Long Beach Naval Base then transported to the Nimitz Museum. Stored outdoors at the annex of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 17 (center), page 37 (center)
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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