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.
Damaged on the ground at Gasmata
Airfield, presumably with a bomb blast damaging the tail and forcing
the aircraft onto its nose.
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
Afterwards, shipped to Long Beach
Base then transported to the Nimitz Museum. Stored outdoors at the annex of the National
Museum of the Pacific War.
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 17 (center), page 37 (center)
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long
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January 31, 2018