Built by Aichi, completed on August 15, 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the the 582 Kokutai. Tail code 582-248.
This aircraft was abandoned at Gasmata Airfield sometime before the middle of 1943.
Tail only. The tail hook and tail number '82-248' (tail number 582-248) visible on the tail, the upper portion of the first digit was cut out.
Recovered in middle of 1973 by Douglas Hubbard, Jr. for the Nimitz
felt the wreck was stolen from them without permission. The Val
was taken from Gasmata by landing craft, and transferred to HMAS
Melbourne and then across the Pacific to Long Beach
Base. Transported to the Nimitz Museum.
Recovery & Display
Displayed at National
Museum of the Pacific War indoors in the Guadalcanal display.
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long
Thanks to Brian Bennett for tail number
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January 31, 2018