Built by Aichi, completed on August 15, 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).
Assigned to the the 582 Kōkūtai. Tail code 82-248. Sometime before the middle of 1943, this Val force landed or was disabled on the ground at Gasmata Airfield in West New Britain.
By 1973, only the rear fusealge and tail section remained. Tail number "82-248" was visible on the tail, the upper portion of the first digit was cut out and the tail hook was present.
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.
The recovered tail section is displayed at National
Museum of the Pacific War indoors in the Guadalcanal exhibit.
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long
Thanks to Brian Bennett for tail number
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December 27, 2018