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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number 3450  
582nd Kōkūtai
or 552nd Kōkūtai

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Mark Reichman 2005

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi, completed during October 1943. Uncoded serial number 450. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). The plane was about two months old when it crashed.

Wartime History
Took off from Rabaul area on a bombing mission against Arawe. Shot down and crashed on land, most likely lost between December 17-27, 1943.

Engine and pieces of wreckage are present. The manufacure number 3487 is visible at three locations in the wreckage.

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

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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