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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number 3373  
IJN
582 Kōkūtai
or 552 Kōkūtai

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Mark Reichman 2008

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi, completed during last five days of August 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 582 Kokutai or 552 Kokutai.

Wartime History
Crashed on land near Arawe on a bombing mission against the area, most likely lost during the Japanese air raids between December 17-27, 1943 against the US Army beachead.

Wreckage
Scattered wreckage only. Tail section, one landing gear leg, no engine.

Mark Reichman adds:
"After searching the tail section and wing sections, also both undercarriage are there but no engine, we did not find any numbers or data plates.  A little kid said they had piled up some scrap aluminium so we went to find the stash.  Under a tree was a pile of pieces, the speed brakes were there and low and behold, a data plate.  Also, a piece with the stencil.  The manufacture number on the little plate may not be clear but it is: 3373 which is the same number on the stencil."

References
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long
Thanks to Mark Reichman and Jim Long for additional information

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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