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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number 3357 Tail 582-248
IJN
582 Kōkūtai

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Justin Taylan 2006

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
This aircraft was abandoned at Gasmata Airfield sometime before the middle of 1943.

Wreckage
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.

Recovery
Recovered in middle of 1973 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 and then across the Pacific to Long Beach Naval Base. Transported to the Nimitz Museum.

Recovery & Display
Displayed at National Museum of the Pacific War indoors in the Guadalcanal display.

References
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long
Thanks to Brian Bennett for tail number

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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